Computer in 1900
jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 15:04:00 CST 2008
Brent Hilpert wrote:
> Jules Richardson wrote:
>> Brent Hilpert wrote:
>> > The idea of building such large systems was
>>> considered daunting or simply implausible even in the 1940's
>> I think the issues there revolved largely around a belief that the end result
>> simply wouldn't work to the required spec, rather than it not being possible
>> to do at all.
> With a (large) digital system what's the difference? It was a concern which did
> have to be addressed (with techniques like margin checking, amongst others) to
> get useful production/uptime out of the machines. Refer to Will's earlier
> mention of probability and statistics.
My thinking was that the astronomical cost needed to get a device of unknown
speed and reliability (which might not prove more efficient than the human
workers it would replace) into production put a damper on most plans - people
could likely see that a computer (in the electronic / electro-mechnical sense)
would work, but not necessarily be able to judge how well...
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