Geek Fact for January 8th


In 1889, Dr. Herman Hollerith received the first U.S. patent for a tabulating machine.

Herman Hollerith is widely regarded as the father of modern automatic computation. He founded the company that was to become IBM.

Learn more at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/computinghistory/hollerith.html

In 1923, Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer, was born.

In addition to developing the world’s first banking software for Bank of America, Weizenbaum has contributed to the field of artificial intelligence and is the author of the famous ELIZA program.

Learn more at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/obit-weizenbaum-0310.html

In 1988, Hewlett-Packard introduced the HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator.

The HP-28S had 32K bytes of storage for $235.

Learn more at http://www.hpmuseum.org/hp28c.htm

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