Computers, History

And the Winner is…The Computer!

Twenty-five years ago today, on May 11, 1997. World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by "Deep Blue," an IBM computer developed as a research project at Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon University. (An RS/6000 running AIX.  Lord, that takes me back...) The score, over six games, was 3 1/2 for Deep Blue, and 2 1/2 for… Continue reading And the Winner is…The Computer!

Beauty, Career, Computers, Feminism, History, Literature

The Analytical Engine: “Dad” Edition

“The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform.”–Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace Augusta Ada Byron (she was the poet’s only legitimate child) was born a little over two-hundred-six years ago, on December 10, 1815.  She was a few weeks shy… Continue reading The Analytical Engine: “Dad” Edition