Technology has transformed our lives, our work, and the way we think about the world in the twentieth century. How did it happen? This program traces that revolution from a time of unparalleled enthusiasm for technology to a time of doubt and questioning. Meet the inventors, entrepreneurs, and industrial scientists whose work fueled this technological boom. Trace the development of new technologies and the industries they spawned. And consider the broader social forces -- government spending, the Cold War, and the growth of consumerism -- that have redefined the role of science in our society.
Our technological odyssey starts in a modest, turn-of-the-century home. Inklings of change are apparent, but are the residents prepared for the transformation the coming years will bring? The startling view of humans flying "free from the earth at last" is just an introduction to the surprises ahead. And, each new technological development -- whether a car for the masses or a worldwide computer network -- brings profound changes to homes across the country and to the lives of the people in them.
Past visions of the future
What's state-of-the-art in 1900?
Competition drives technology
Technology for the masses
Technology in search of an identity
The marriage of technology and big business
War yields new products and incentives
The military sponsors digital technology
Politics drives technology
Reassessing the promise of technology
Technology for the 21st century
Factors in technology's future