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.


The Machine That Changed the World: 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.

The Machine That Changed the World: 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.

The Machine That Changed the World: 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.

The Machine That Changed the World: 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.

The Machine That Changed the World: 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.


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