Essay on Computers And Its Impact On Society

1628 Words Oct 19th, 2015 7 Pages
Computers are involved in every aspect of modern life, but this has not always been the case. In the early days of technology, people were skeptical of these new technologies, and hesitant to try using them. In early days when technology was more of a curiosity than a reality, computers were owned by few: the hobbyists, the wealthy, and the technologists. It was not until the 1952 presidential election that the public truly understood the potential impact of computers on society. During this election, an early computer, the UNIVAC, was broadcast on national television claiming that it could predict the election results. When the UNIVAC accurately predicted Eisenhower as a landslide winner, the public was impressed and intrigued. However much technology was revealed to the public, though, there was always more going on behind the scenes. What the public did not know at the time of the presidential election was how much work had gone into the development of intricate computing machines, and how they had evolved over time. Still today, in a time where almost every individual in society owns multiple computers of some sort, few people truly know what went into developing these devices. In a modern, technology-driven society like the one we live in today, it is important to understand the evolution of technology and see how far it has come to perform in such an advanced manner as it does today. The first generation of computers can be characterized by the use of vacuum tubes.…

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