tereseus1 saidwell from what i read historically from the 50s........women would still be homemakers.. and homosexuals would still be hiding in parks to meet other men...
The condition of women & homosexuals is a cultural issue, not a technological one.
In 2001 I did a paper and lecture on how LITTLE we have advanced technologically since the 1950s. Among the points, in the 1950s:
- the US Air Force was flying the same bombers still in the air today
- guided missiles were leaving the Earth
- color TV existed
- computers existed
- pocket radios existed
- cars with almost every modern feature existed (auto trans, AC, power steering, etc)
- most current household electric appliances existed, including microwaves
- jet passenger aircraft were crisscrossing the globe
- you watched Technicolor movies in stereoscopic sound and Cinerama
Versus going the same time backwards 50 years, to 1900, when:
- the Wright brothers were still trying to get something wood & cloth into the air
- the only rockets were for fireworks displays
- radio didn't exist
- manual adding machines were cutting edge
- autos were experimental & rare
- you cleaned your house with a broom and cooked with a wood-fired stove
- you traveled the world by train & boat
- you watched a silent B&W Nickelodeon viewer by cranking a handle
Leading me to conclude that the last 50 years, compared to the 50 prior to them, are a big slowdown in technology. True, we've miniaturized a great deal, and moved computers from the office to our homes. Our televisions have become flat, and our cars have GPS and run greener.
But these are refinements of what we already had. Where are the great technological breakthroughs that are totally different from anything that ever went before? What are the completely new THINGS? Not many, actually.