Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Where it All Started

Today was a special treat at the Computer Laboratory, the 60th anniversary of the first program on the EDSAC. By most reasonable definitions, this machine was the first computer in the way we think of them today. It was developed and built at Cambridge by Sir Maurice Wilkes, who at age 95 returned to the Lab today to give a short speech commemorating the machine. It's worth a read on Wikipedia about the machine and the man, which have needless to say proved incredibly influential to the world as we know it today. Makes me wonder how I'll look back on my own research in 2070, which is a good thing to be wondering some times.

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