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Unformatted text preview: John Xu 10/19/07 The development of the SAGE computer system was something that was spurred by threats of an attack from the Russians, but as a result of its development, SAGE also greatly influenced Cold War culture. Despite the fact that SAGE did not actually do what it was intended for according to Edwards as the military potential of SAGE was minimal, it was applied to further other research which allowed for the development of new technology. In spite of the constant problems with funding for the SAGE project, the threat of a real war was a critical reason for the possibility of SAGE. As Edwards says, the Soviet hydrogen bomb explosion of 1953, before the American super was ready, renewed public fear of a nuclear holocaust, and this, combined with the can-do technological mindset of the 1940s and 1950s, generated the momentum needed to push the SAGE perimeter defense project ahead (95). Furthermore, this quote shows that it was not only the very circumstantial factor of war that (95)....
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- Fall '07