Vintage ’40s super-computers at UCLA
Between 1947 and 1950, UCLA’s College of Engineering received four of the first “thinking” machines, promising post-war wonders devised to “take the drudgery out of mathematics.”
The images above are from
a 1948 short film, which was screened in movie theaters before Paramount Pictures features. Popular Science → You can watch the video here
Nepalese pieces in Phoenix.
Okay, this is actually insane. I love it, but it’s absolutely fucking nuts.
Ok, this is a pretty fancy hotel.
CAD, circuit simulation, voice generation… in 1968. “DATA INCOMPLETE ON AMPLIFIER”. Bleeping sound effects. Giant buttons labelled “EXECUTE”. There is nothing about this video that is not completely awesome.
Companion Cube on Flickr.
antiquark2 asked: So what does your circuit board do?
It’s a device for making one time pads useful. Kind of a thought experiment made flesh; I’ll probably launch it in a couple of weeks once I wrap up code and testing.
My technical problem was solved by a century-dead elephant. No lie.