This article from the BBC gives a view of code, early computing, and how it has brought us up to today—starting from 1679! This is a perfectly fitting piece of literature, considering I will be covering Humanity and the Technology of the Future for the topical purposes of my writings with Tech Force Onsite, LLC.
BBC writes, “Joseph Jacquard invented an automated steam-powered weaving loom. It was guided by pieces of cardboard containing rows of punched holes. The presence or absence of a hole in each position programmed the loom to weave a certain pattern. A different punched card would make the loom weave a different pattern. The cards were effectively instructions for the loom – a forerunner of the modern computer program.”
Next, it steps to the mathematician Ada Lovelace. And I know her secrets. Despite being a techie nerd, I also have two (very small) degrees in English. Ada’s maiden name was Byron, which makes her the daughter of my favorite writer! Lord Byron was an English poet from the Romantic Era—a lady-killer, surrounded by scandal, in love with his half-sister, had numerous exotic pets (including a bear), and died of a fever at the age of thirty six. (Trust me, these are the least interesting things about him. It’s theorized he could have been a certified sociopath).
Lord Byron and Ada’s mother divorced. (She took him for all he had). He fled the country because of debt and his death occurred when Ada was eight. It was her logical mother who promoted Ada’s interest in mathematics in order to keep her from developing the “insanity” she saw in Lord Byron.
The thing is, new technologies—no matter how far back we go—have always intrigued our senses and changed life as we knew it.
Whether it was the invention of man-made string, the invention of an automated loom, or the invention of tractor laser beams that can move objects… as a race, we have always strived for something innovative and new. My intentions are to show my readers a glimpse into this future with imaginative features and analyses.