Early computers include theoretical computers, analog computers, and early digital computers. We can even, in ways, look at Google and NASA’s D-wave (as it is an early quantum computer). So we are talking about mainly precursors to the modern computer, but also computing firsts (so first hard drive, first peripherals, first video games, etc).
When talking about early computing we can also look at people like Lovelace, Babbage, and Turing, or the groups who helped fund these projects. The world’s oldest (analog) computer is the Antikythera mechanism, which my Grandfather discovered. Small world, right?
Factoids tagged with "Early Computers"
Alan Turing can be considered “the father of computer science and AI.” Turing made major contributions to computing, codebreaking, and even helped the Allies win WWII.
Cognitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a computer program that can think, learn, and generally mimic human cognition.
Venture capital, which was just emerging in the late 50’s, helped create companies like Intel, which in turn created Silicon Valley and startup culture.
British mathematician Ada Lovelace can be considered the mother of computer programing, as she wrote the first complex algorithm meant to be carried out by a machine. However, it is a myth that Ada Lovelace wrote “the first computer program” or was “the first computer programmer”, that title belongs to Charles Babbage.
The ancient Greek device, the Antikythera mechanism (circa 200 – 100 BC), is generally considered to be the world’s oldest known mechanical analog computer.