The History of Computing

By Henry Wilkinson

Alan Turing and the first "thinking machine"

Way back in 1936, Alan Turing dreamt of a "thinking machine" or as he called it, an imagination machine. He dreamt it could process symbols and then put out different symbols. He spent a few years creating machines and helped AI (Artificial Intelligence) crack the enigma code with the computer colossus. He believed that one day machines would be able to complete tasks humans couldn't. If only he could see where we are today.

The World Wide Web

The World Wide Web (WWW) was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in the 1980's. He suffered information overload working for a nuclear research company and he needed a way to link all this information He invented the internet which could link hypertext documents across linked computers. This was free as he believed everyone should be using his organised system, The first website was put up on 6th August 1991.

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