January 17, 2022
Today, computers are so much a part of our lives that it is hard to imagine a time when they didn’t exist. While it is true that the various pieces and parts that went into a working computer can trace their introduction back more than two centuries, the modern computer age didn’t really begin until 1936.
As these colorized photographs show, the computer has gone through a tremendous evolution. From simplistic calculators to massive, room-sized machines, the computer’s journey to modernity was full of punch cards, floppy disks, and scuzzy cords.
Alan Turing’s Universal Machine
The modern computer era really began with Alan Turing, a British mathematician, inventor, and scientist. In 1936, he presented his plans for a universal machine for computing numbers. Dubbed the Turing machine, the device was capable of complex mathematical equations. It formed the basis on which future computer technology was built.