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The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines
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The World's Most Magnificent Historical Calculating Machines

The design of today's electronic computers is usually not very appealing, in contrast to magnificent mechanical calculating machines from earlier times.

The World's Most Magnificent Historical Automatons
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The World's Most Magnificent Historical Automatons

Automatons are ubiquitous. Some of the most magnificent works in the genre have survived in museums.

When Did the Digital Age Begin?
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When Did the Digital Age Begin?

There is no clear answer.

Superb Historical Robots
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Superb Historical Robots

The world's most magnificent historical robots.

Konrad Zuse's Guestbook: a Treasure Trove
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Konrad Zuse's Guestbook: a Treasure Trove

Computer scientist Konrad Zuse created the world's first programmable computer, the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3.

An Enigmatic Device from Denmark
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An Enigmatic Device from Denmark

Discovery of a very rare surveying instrument in Denmark.

How Do You Calculate on the Abacus?
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How Do You Calculate on the Abacus?

Considering the use of one of the most long-lived calculating devices.

Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian
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Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian

A Russian edition of Rutishauser's standard work on computer construction.

Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World
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Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

A rare find: the user manual of the oldest surviving computer in the world, the Zuse Z4 relay machine (1945).

Preparation for Building the First Swiss Digital Computer (Ermeth)
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Preparation for Building the First Swiss Digital Computer (Ermeth)

Eduard Stiefel's study trip to the U.S. in 1948/1949.

Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning
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Automatic Translators are Not Really Capable of Learning

One does not get the impression the Google Translate and DeepL translation programs are self-learning and have made real progress.

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
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The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.

Would There Be Computers Without Easter?
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Would There Be Computers Without Easter?

Finding roots of computing in the computation of Easter.

How Does a Pantograph Work?
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How Does a Pantograph Work?

Pantographs have been widely used for centuries; for example, in surveying and embroidery. With these devices, drawings can be enlarged and reduced.

Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?
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Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?

Herbert Bruderer asks why no information technology industry emerged in Switzerland in the 1950s, despite the appearance of computers from several sources.

AI Began in 1912
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AI Began in 1912

Artificial intelligence began in 1912, with the world's first chess automaton built by Torres Quevedo.

Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion
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Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter's works.

The African Enigma: Who Knows More?
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The African Enigma: Who Knows More?

Tally sticks and notched bones are among the oldest digital data carriers.

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
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Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton figure?

Leonardo's Self-driving Car
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Leonardo's Self-driving Car

Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago, had already designed a self-driving car.
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