Technological convergence ( Eng. Technological convergence ) is a term that is commonly used to refer to the process of convergence and the integration of different technologies into new types of technologies. Also, technological convergence is sometimes referred to as an improvement in technology. An example of technological convergence: a smartphone combines a computer, a telephone and a camera. Deutsche Bank Research interpreted the definition of “technological convergence” as “a qualitative change process that connects two or more previously existing little-connected things”. The concept of "technological convergence" (first - "digital convergence") was introduced in the 1980s, when the public telephone network appeared, which not only performed the function of sound transmission, but also the function of data exchange using ISDN . Apart from the appearance of this concept, convergence emerged earlier in telephony — in the 1920s, the first telephone was released, where two devices were connected to a receiver: a transmitter and a receiver. There are three main interrelated types of convergence in the field of computer technology: technological (networks, services), which can be divided into: regulatory and corporation. Corporate convergence is a regulatory division.
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