Cold War: How The Icy Rivalry Gave Us Fiery Technology
Throughout history, we have experienced many technological influences, inventions, and innovations, many of which have changed the world and how we live in it. Our modern era depends on new, cutting-edge technology, but few look back to the origin. Some people believe that war brings new technology, since war motivates. Whether in the form of a theory, weapon, tool, or all three, the Cold War stands true to this and but this and played a major part in the advancement of our modern technological society by developing instruments for space exploration, bringing the advent of the internet, and upgrading operational capabilities of the computer.
Today we are obsessed with space exploration. …show more content…
The two nations, both equipped well with rocket science elites, started to compete. Many rockets were designed by NASA, including the Jupiter-C and Saturn V. In modern day, we use rocketry to look beyond our moon, deep into our solar system, and even beyond (Howell).
There is something that we depend on everyday, yet we forget it is there. Satellites are important to us since they send data to Earth, and their reliability makes them a vital tool (Kolbe). In fact, according to Richard Hollingham on BBC’s article “What would happen if all satellites stopped working?” a day without satellites would stop GPS, Satellite TV, internet, air travel, radio communications, etc. in saying that “without satellites, the world would be a very different place” (Hollingham).
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was created during the Space Race by the Eisenhower Administration to manage space exploration, which is now a well-known research and development company. (“The Space Race”). Currently NASA is an important government administration that works to improve our technology and they have been very …show more content…
In fact, before the Cold War, our “modern computer” did not even exist.
Computer Programming (“History”).
First languages in computers invented 1957 - including Fortran, Lisp, and Cobol, used by NASA and banking machines. These were used by governmental companies.
The first supercomputer was released in 1964. (Anthony). It was revolutionary, being ten times faster than the fastest computer at the time (thus earning the title of supercomputer) (Anthony). This is a milestone in the history of computing tech.
Military computers are vital to our country’s The US built the ENIAC in 1946 as a large calculator to help artillery fire and get precise measurements for hydrogen bombs. Also, 1952 Defense Calculator (IBM 701) built by IBM, better than ENIAC.
The things people live with today, across our world and even in outer space, would not be available if the Cold War had not happened. The influence of the 1950’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s have left a huge imprint on our lives. This colossal impact has shaped the way we behave, affecting not only the present, but also the future. Not all outcomes of war are bad. Although war brings hatred and separation, it also promotes