Computers : Everyone 's Obsession

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Nicholas Klapatch Mr. Battaglia Pd. 4 English April 7, 2016 Computers: Everyone’s Obsession During the nineteenth century, a new piece of technology sewed its very first stitches into the evolution of man. This piece of technology is no other than the beloved computer. Computers seemed like something that would be impossible to be made widespread, and something that would never enter people’s personal lives, but because of the willpower of man to create, these obstacles were easily surpassed and led to new ideas. Computers help business, science, manufacturing, and many other fields of work flourish. People were able to become more productive, and many new tasks that were impossible to achieve before became very easy to solve.…show more content…
It seems very weird from a twenty first century mindset, but it was the only way known to the most intelligent people of the late nineteenth century to make a “thinking machine.” These mechanical computers’ architecture were very complex as many would imagine, and the space they took up is astonishing. Most of these projects were even left incomplete. The very first electronic computers were enormous, too, but were able to outperform mechanical computers easily. These computers were not used for surfing the web, or playing games, but to help do calculations for import tasks such as, missal placement during World War II, and Presidential election predictions. Their accuracy and precision was mind-blowing to say the least. The Computer History Museum’s webpage says, “The result was ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), built between 1943 and 1945—the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed without being slowed by any mechanical parts” (Paragraph 3). This computer was a product of hard work at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The massive machine used vacuum tubes, as it predated the time when William Shockley and his team invented the transistor, which would ultimately go on to affect the computer world as it is known today. All computers are centered around a Central Processing Unit, (CPU), and they act as the brain of the computer. No CPU can think for itself, it follows the instructions of binary code, all 1’s and
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