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...) https://youtu.be/MrubZ7SA-Hk 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!

History, Technology

The Origins of IBM in the U.S. Patent Office

One-hundred thirty-one years ago, on January 8, 1889, Herman Hollerith, a young man born to German immigrants in New York City, himself a graduate of Columbia University as an “Engineer of Mines, was granted a patent, part of which read as follows: The herein-described method of compiling statistics, which consists in recording separate statistical items… Continue reading The Origins of IBM in the U.S. Patent Office