How Technology Has Changed Our Lives

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In today’s society, technology has increasingly become more present in our lives. Grow-ing up, what I remember most was whenever I was a home, the one place anybody could be sure to find me was in my bedroom, sitting behind my Sony laptop doing random things. For many people, including myself, who grew up around computers and technology, it is really hard to imagine living in a world without them by our sides since we are so used to having them around. So where did computers and laptop even come from?
The first computer idea came from an English mathematician named Charles Babbage, in 1822, who intended to come up with a solution to change and make a manual time-table organization machine that could calculate various problems efficiently for the government. He came up with an idea of two different products: one which would produce efficient time-tables, calculate basic math equations, and be able to print out the results; and another one which would be able to calculate any specific equation that was programed it to solved. Though the engines he created were both unsuccessful, it did spark a flame towards creating computers in the future (Campbell-Kelly, Martin).
In the early 1940s, two professors from the University of Pennsylvania, John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, released the first functional computer called the ENIAC. It “occupied about 1,800 square feet and used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighing about almost 50 tons” (When Was the First Computer Invented).

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