Today in Tech History: June 23, 2008 Video
Today in Tech History: June 23, 2008 Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Molly Wood. It's June 23, 2008, and here's what happened today in technology history. On this date in 1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the Type-Writer, and although he sold the rights in 1872, he kept working on it, and eventually developed the QWERTY keyboard, which is still almost exclusively on English language keyboards. Today in 1931, Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from Long Island in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane. They succeeded, and became national heroes in the U.S. Huge news for people who like FUN. On this date in 199, Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the U.S. and Europe. It's number 51 on IGN's 2007 list of the greatest video games of all time. And finally, today is the birth date, in 1912, of Alan Turing, the English mathematician considered the father of modern computer science. Among many, many other things, he developed the idea of a Turing test, which would test a machine's ability to demonstrate artificial intelligence to such a degree that, in a conversation with a human judge, the judge would not know that the machine was a machine. Plus,h e was a cryptography genius, he created one of the first designs for a stored-program computer, and he worked on the Manchester Mark 1, which would become one of the world's first like, you know, computers. And that does it for today, everyone. Now you have something to aspire to. See you back here tomorrow.
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