‘Silicon Roundabout’ – Genesis and Future

The Old Street Roundabout, close to the Barbican and nowadays often referred to as ‘Silicon Roundabout’, contributed many years ago to the development of “The Cloud”. The story is amusing, and relevant to the future of technology-based industry in London. Barbican resident Keith Clarke explains. In 1969 the building to the northwest of the Old Street roundabout housed the unit then responsible for buying Government computers. I appraised computers that were accessed remotely, then called “time sharing services”. Initially the networks were simple enough to be drawn in full. Later they … [Read more...]