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The Machine That Changed the World

I remember watching each of these episodes when I was young, my neighbor had recorded them on VHS and borrowed them to me. It was really exciting to find them all on Google Video about 6 months ago so I thought I would share.

NOTE: Part 3 has a lot of "retro" mac sightings!

Part 1- Great Brains
Human "Computers", Charles Babbage's difference engine, other early mechanical computers, then the Z1, ENIAC, EDSAC and Alan Turing's Colossus

Part 2 - Inventing the Future
The rise of commercial computing, from UNIVAC to IBM in the 1950s and 1960s.

Part 3 - The Paperback Computer
The development of the personal computer and user interfaces, from Doug Engelbart and Xerox PARC to the Apple and IBM PCs.

Part 4 - The Thinking Machine
The history of artificial intelligence, from Minsky to neural networks.

Part 5 - The World at Your Fingertips
Computer networks, including the Internet, and their global impact on communication and privacy.

Credits: The Machine That Changed the World which was produced by WGBH Television in Boston MA, in cooperation with the British Broadcasting Corp., with support from ACM, NSF and UNISYS.

The whole series is also available for download via torrent :

It is about 3GB, but was a fast download.



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Comment by James on May 22, 2010 at 4:34pm
Thanks for the tip -- I have not seen this before!
Comment by b wick on May 22, 2010 at 11:33pm
Let me know what you think about it. I can't remember what episode it is in, probably Part 3, but there is a glimpse of the Knowledge Navigator concept product as well as a couple other unreleased Apple things.


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