The Machine That Changed the World
The Machine That Changed the World is a 1992 documentary series on the history of electronic digital computers, from the dawn of the computer in the 1800s to the early 1990s. The series consists of five episodes: the first episode "Giant Brains" tells the story of the birth of computers; the second episode "Inventing the Future" chronicles the rough times experienced by the computer pioneers; the third episode "The Paperback Computer" looks at the development of the personal computer and user interfaces; the fourth episode "The Thinking Machine" explores the topic of artificial intelligence; and the fifth and final episode "The World at Your Fingertips" focuses on global information networks including the Internet, and the communication benefits and privacy risks they create.
Episode 1 - Giant Brains
This episode tells the story of the birth of computers, from Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace in the 1800s to the first working computers of the 1940s.
Episode 2 - Inventing the Future
This episode chronicles the rough times experienced by the computer pioneers, until the industry took off and changed the way the world does business.
Episode 3 - The Paperback Computer
This episode looks at the development of the personal computer and user interfaces, from Doug Engelbart and Xerox PARC to the Apple and IBM PCs.
Episode 4 - The Thinking Machine
This episode covers the history of artificial intelligence and the challenges that come from trying to teach computers to think and learn like us.
Episode 5 - The World at Your Fingertips
This episode focuses on global information networks including the Internet, and the communication benefits and privacy risks they create.
|Computer - wikipedia
A computer is a programmable machine designed to sequentially and automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations.
|Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace
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|Computer Pioneers and Pioneer Computers
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|The Creation of the Computer
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|Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires
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|Personal Computing: Historic Beginnings
The roots of "personal computers" - that is, machines that are not shared between users - date back to at least the late 1950s.
|The Secret Life of Machines (Series 3)
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