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Technology from the 1970s-1980s
Transcript of Technology from the 1970s-1980s
1) What were the major technological advances that came about during this decade?
Some of the major technological advances were email, microprocessors, video games, colored television, floppy disks, keypad cell phones, VCR, Apple and Microsoft, and the first home computers became available.
Who was responsible for the invention and what were the motives behind it?
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Email
Marcian Hoff, Stanley Mazor and Masatoshi Shima: Microprocessor
Steve Jobs: Apple,
Bill Gates: Microsoft,
Ralph H. Baer: First video game
These inventors created these products in a race during the technology boom.
How was every day life affected by this new technology?
Inventions were no longer just being created for productivity, but entertainment.
Many people began to go to arcades nearly every day to play the games.
How was the workplace affected by this new technology?
E-mail, floppy discs, microprocessors, telephone, etc. helped businesses efficiency in ways of communication with one another, and speed in which things were done. Also, Microsoft helped workplaces as an easier way to store and create new files.
What were the pros and cons of this new technology?
Pros: Helped businesses in efficiency; created work in one sense; opened new doors to the world of technology, new entertainment such as arcade games, cell phones were useful as a faster way to call someone with a keypad instead of a dial.
Cons: In the case of video games, and television, it also opened new doors to an outlet, creating laziness over time. Technology caused a loss of jobs in a sense. The unemployment rate majorly dropped.
What new legal issues did this create for the workplace?
With the floppy disc, a competitor business could easily access a business’s files, and steal ideas. People could hack private emails.
What new ethical issues did this create for the workplace?
Many people were not used to the use of technology, or at least not as much. This caused confusion as well as the fact that many people did not like the use of all this technology.
Were there any major lawsuits, cases, etc. that were directly related to this technology?
“The U.S. Congress declares sound recordings worthy of copyright protection in passing the 1971 Sound Recording Amendment to the 1909 Copyright Statute. Though this amendment is proposed largely in response to the record industry's complaints of vinyl bootlegging, the implications of the amendment are applied to the burgeoning recordable cassette market.” Says PBS: Chronology: Technology and the Music Industry
~Basically, there were not that many lawsuits, because of the invention of copyright.
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