Deconstructing Technology

Will Someone Please Build the Analytical Engine?

A long time ago in October 2010 we learned a little about one of the first computers to be invented. Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, had it been built, would have been the first programmable, Turing-complete computer. In 1837.

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Startup: And What Have You Accomplished Today?

A computer. Made of Lego. And you were proud of your little "house".

On yesterday’s date, in 1902, Greek divers recovered the Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s oldest known analog computer. We’ve touched on this amazing discovery before, but we hadn’t seen the recent extension of the research that we stumbled upon yesterday.

Andrew Carol, who is a mild-mannered Apple software engineer by day, Lego-engineering superhero by night, has taken the concept of playing with toys to an entirely new level.

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No, This is the First Computer


This is the Antikythera Mechansim. And it just may be the first computer, unlike that other first computer. The Antikythera Mechanism is a computer that would calculate astronomical positions. It was first discovered in a shipwreck near the Antikythera islands of Greece in 1900. Even Jacques Cousteau went to this ship wreck looking for more pieces of this fascinating discovery. Continue reading No, This is the First Computer


Maybe this is the First Real Computer

In 1837, Charles Babbage would revolutionize computing with his idea for an Analytical Engine. Essentially, the Analytical Engine was the first general purpose computer, capable of being programmed, calculating to several decimal places, and storing that data. The Analytical Engine is possibly the first programmable, general purpose, Turing-complete computer. Continue reading Maybe this is the First Real Computer