06 - The Postwar World 1945 to 2000

06 - The Postwar World 1945 to 2000 - Engineering and...

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Copyright Gershon Weltman, 2010 Engineering and Society: Societal Effects of Technology III -- The Postwar World (1945 to 2000) Dr. Gershon Weltman Engineering 183, UCLA SEAS Lecture 6
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    2 Copyright Gershon Weltman, 2010 The Expansive ’50s Automobile Manufacture Ford, GM, Chrysler, Others Highway Infrastructure Interstate highways Urban freeways Rise of the suburbs Consumer Products Home appliances Television sets Hi-Fi phonographs Transistor radios Agricultural Revolution Pesticides Fertilizers Biologicals Airline Transportation
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    3 Copyright Gershon Weltman, 2010 Technology Timeline 1960 2000 1950 Network Television Infrastructure Space Satellites Atomic Energy Commercial Jets 1970 1980 1990 Electronic Computing Consumer Products Car Production Korean War Vietnam War
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    4 Copyright Gershon Weltman, 2010 Network Television: The True Mass Medium Public Forum Political Conventions Political Commentary Daily News Entertainment for All Sports and Pageants Soaps and Schlock Advertisers’ Paradise Newly Interconnected World Real time, real life Everybody seeing the same thing “Seeing is believing”
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    5 Copyright Gershon Weltman, 2010 TV Puts America in the Picture Kefauver Hearings Carey Estes Kefauver was chairman of the Special Committee on Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, referred to as the "Kefauver Committee." He was a Democrat from Tennessee who had been elected to the House 1939-49, and would serve in the Senate 1949-63. The hearings began in May 1950 and lasted for 15 months, held sessions in 14 cities, and questioned 800 witnesses. It was not the first congressional committee to be televised, but it was the first to attract a large audience. Although few homes owned TVs in 1950-51, many people were able to watch in bars and restaurants and businesses. Joe Adonis watches Costello's hands, Life 1951/04/06 Senators O'Conor, Kefauver, counsel Rudy Halley, Life 1951/04/06 Kathy Fiscus Trapped April, 1949
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  6 Copyright Gershon Weltman, 2010 Technical Milestones Thomas Watson, Sr. (seated) the CEO of IBM in 1952 using the IBM 701 computer, the company's first fully electronic model. This computer also had the ability to read/write magnetic tape, but at this stage it still relied mainly on punched cards for I/O. Nineteen 701’s were installed during its 3 year lifespan at a monthly lease rate of about $15,000. History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. Sputnik I Satellite, 1957
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