• The closest thing to a computer in 1950 was the Electrical Numerical Integrator and Calculator or ENIAC. Constructed out of 18,000 vacuum tubes and consuming about 180,000 watts of electrical power, the ENIAC was capable of multiplying numbers rapidly.
  • Television was not invented in the 1950’s, but it became very popular early in the decade. Everything that happened after that was affected by television. Space races, speeches, now almost every major event could be internationally viewed. People were able to see what was happening all over the world.
  • In 1954 transistor radios became the most popular electronic communication devices.
  •  During the 1950s and early 1960s, there was fear that new technology – particularly the mainframe computers that were being introduced into business – would cause large-scale unemployment. Other members of society felted invaded, and as if the new technology was an attempt at brainwash.

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