The History and Impact of Computers

The untold story of the computer industry's beginnings and its impact on business and society.

00:00:00 The Machine That Changed the World - Inventing the Future: The untold story of the computer industry's beginnings and its impact on business and society.

In 1946, the world's first computer company was created.

Computers were initially seen as impractical for commercial use.

Despite skepticism, the creators of ENIAC believed in the commercial potential of computers.

00:08:13 The Machine That Changed the World - Inventing the Future: Eckert and Mauchly invent the UNIVAC computer and struggle with financial and scheduling setbacks.

🔍 Eckert and Mauchly developed the first computer to address the repetitive and tedious work at the United States Census Bureau.

💡 The company faced challenges with funding and underestimated the time and money required for their pioneering work.

💼 The Lyons company in London started Britain's commercial computer industry by building their own computer to streamline their operations.

00:16:26 In the 1940s, Remington Rand purchased Eckert Mauchly Company and introduced the first commercially sold computer, UNIVAC, which gained national recognition after successfully predicting the outcome of the 1952 US presidential election.

💡 John Mauchly's communist affiliation prevented him from obtaining security clearances and put the future of the American computer industry at risk.

💰 The American Totalize ATAR company provided much-needed funds to Eckert Mauchly to prevent bankruptcy.

🔍 Remington Rand acquired Eckert Mauchly and successfully sold the first commercially built computer, UNIVAC.

🗳️ UNIVAC gained national recognition when it accurately predicted the outcome of the 1952 presidential election.

🚀 UNIVAC became popular and orders for more computers started pouring in.

👥 IBM initially showed little interest in electronic computers, focusing on punched card tabulating equipment.

00:24:46 The Machine That Changed the World - Inventing the Future: The story of IBM's transition into the computer business and the challenges they faced in competing with UNIVAC.

In 1951, IBM entered the computer age with a production line of 20 scientific computers, but their delay allowed UNIVAC to capture IBM's commercial customers.

Tom Watson Jr. led IBM's charge to beat UNIVAC and introduced the IBM 650, the first mass-produced computer, which was successful due to IBM's powerful sales force and compatibility with existing punch card installations.

By 1956, IBM became the largest computer company in the world, capturing over three-quarters of the US computer market, thanks to their focus on punch card business and customer comfort.

00:32:59 The Machine That Changed the World - Inventing the Future. The video explores the development of computers and the need for higher-level programming languages to simplify programming. It also discusses the impact of computers on various industries and society as a whole.

💻 Computers require specialized language (binary) to understand and execute programs.

🧮 Writing programs in binary is difficult, time-consuming, and prone to errors.

🌐 The development of high-level languages like Fortran and COBOL made programming easier for different user groups.

🤖 Automation increased with the use of computers, leading to fear and debates about job replacement.

📊 Computers revolutionized various industries, including administrative and manufacturing sectors.

00:41:15 The Machine That Changed the World - Inventing the Future: The video discusses the impact of computers, transistors, and integrated circuits on the field of electronics, leading to the development of powerful computers and their use in space exploration.

💡 The invention of the machine, Irma, revolutionized the banking industry by dramatically increasing the speed and accuracy of check sorting.

🔌 The transistor, a small electronic component, revolutionized the field of electronics by replacing vacuum tubes and enabling the design of more complex and powerful computers.

🔬 The integrated circuit, invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, solved the problem of wiring components, leading to the mass production of electronic devices and paving the way for the advancement of technology.

00:49:32 The Machine That Changed the World - Inventing the Future. The history and impact of integrated circuits and computers, from the first costly models to widespread accessibility.

💡 The invention of the integrated circuit allowed for the mass production of electronics at a low cost.

🌐 The electronics industry experienced rapid advancements, with the number of components on an integrated circuit doubling every year.

🚀 The success of the Apollo 11 mission relied on the reliability of the on-board computer, which was built using integrated circuits.

💻 Computer enthusiasts like Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs played a crucial role in bringing computers to the masses.

🌍 The computer revolution transformed industries and society, with companies like IBM becoming highly profitable.

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