Millions of people own and use computers everyday. But who invented computers? This post will answer that question, and also look at some interesting facts about computers.
Who Invented Computers
As computers are defined as machines that ‘manipulate data’ there is a lot of debate about who invented the first ‘computer’. The Abacus (invented about 5,000 years ago) was used in parts of Asia for counting, so it is technically a ‘computer’. The first ‘modern’ computer, the Z3, was invented by Konrad Zuse. The Z3 is considered the first modern computer as it is ‘Turing complete’ (a fancy way of saying that, in principle, the Z3 could perform any calculation that any other programmable computer could). So now you know who invented computers!
Facts About Computers
- Hewlett Packard was started in 1939 in a garage in Palo Alto.
- Since it was released in 1982, Tetris has sold over 40 million copies.
- Bill Gates’ home was designed using a Macintosh Computer!
- ‘Hearsay’ was the first speech recognition software that was invented. It was invented in India in 1971.
- The technology in a Nintendo Game Boy exceeds all the computer power used to put man on the moon in 1969.
- 1 in every 8 couples met online!
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