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The Birth of Artificial Intelligence: First Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Paris in 1951?
The 1956 Dartmouth conference is often considered as the cradle of artificial intelligence, but some historians of computing believe that Turing or Zuse were the fathers of machine intelligence.
Computing history beyond the U.K. and U.S.
It is past time to acknowledge 400 years of European computational innovation from non-English-speaking scientists and engineers.
The Antikythera mechanism
The discovery of this calculating machine is so significant that part of the history of ancient technology must be rewritten.
The World's Smallest Mechanical Parallel Calculator: Discovery of Original Drawings and Patent Documents from the 1950s in Switzerland
The Austrian engineer Curt Herzstark invented the world-renowned mechanical pocket calculator Curta, which is supposed to be the world’s smallest mechanical parallel calculator.
Early History of Computing in Switzerland: Discovery of Rare Devices, Unknown Documents, and Scarcely Known Facts
Some aspects of computing history in Switzerland are well known to computing historians, such as Heinz Rutishauser’s early work with automatic programming and Algol, Niklaus Wirth’s creation of
Discovery of Two Historical Computers in Switzerland: Zuse Machine M9 and Contraves Cora and Discovery of Unknown Documents on the Early History of Computing at the ETH Archives
This project has been trying to find out more about the beginnings of computer science in Switzerland and abroad and discovered several unknown historical computers and hundreds of exciting documents of the 1950s.
Seeking digital humanities, IT tech support
In this issue of Communications, Herbert Bruderer explains why the opposite of digital is not analog; Robin K. Hill describes how the challenges of user support are aggravated by indeterminate client responsibility.