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Hannah Fry looks uphold at 75 years of computing adventures to fete the UK's female lead r in developing the technologies we rely on today

Computing Britain 75 Years of Technology Entire BBC Present 4 AAC m4a [MPup] Establish It Digital Seasoned Out Of The Ordinary


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From the movable phone to the assignment computer, mathematician Hannah Fry looks uphold at 70 years of computing adventures, to fete the UK's female lead r in developing the technology we use today.

In the first affair, she travels uphold to the 1940s, to consent the absurd fishing of the start, in Britain, of the computer memory.

Three teams from across the state — in Teddington, Manchester and Cambridge — were tasked with plotting self-regulating scheming engines for university explore. But which duo would be first to second the devious facer of faction memory?

Meanwhile, tabloid headlines proclaimed that engineers were erection «electronic brains» that could facsimile, and maybe best, the woman percipience, starting a contest about automation and plastic info that still resonates today.


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Hannah Fry hears the absurd fishing of how a fetter of British teashops produced the first assignment computer in the cosmos.

J Lyons and Players was the UK's largest catering players, with 250 teashops across the state. They also owned their own bakeries, a tea plantation and haulage firm.

By the 1950s, this great province was drowning in paperwork. It embarked on an eager new obligation to found a faction called LEO — the Lyons Electronic Assignment.

Their assignment computer was based on the colossus scheming machines being built interior UK universities to unravel rigorous equations.

Sure, these machines could take care of maths, but could they wield catering?


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«Savings with a send!»

In 1956, adverts enticed the British social with a discredit new moment. Buy incitement bonds for one pounding, for the happen to win a thousand. At the days, it was a kismet — half the assay of the mediocre homestead.

Behind this tantalising reverie was a faction called ERNIE — the Electronic Haphazardly Figure Incriminate In Equipment.

ERNIE was built by the duo who constructed Colossus, the cryptogram-breaking faction housed at Bletchley Greensward. They had just nine months to vote in as a faction that generated haphazardly numbers using all the latest kit, from printed outline boards to metal transistors.

In this affair, mathematician Hannah Fry hears how ERNIE became an unlikely distinction and why this faction symbolised oa leading modification in Britain's relationship with computers.


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Covet before the heroics of the cosmos wide-ranging web, the internet was born out of a mix of American purpose and British economy. Kismet Switching was the name coined by Welsh computer scientist Donald Davies in an attainment to in the prematurely computers in the labs of the Federal Bones Laboratory in Teddington.


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From the earliest days of electronic computers, commentators feared that horde unemployment would consequence from the efficiencies of computers and automation in the workplace. These fears would resurface over the decades, but came to a perceptiveness towards the end of the 1970s with the coming of relatively for twopence microprocessors.[MPup]

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As the manufacturing industries of the 1970s became the use sector of the 1980s, the BBC tried to help democratize the coming of the affordable microchip, to help re-rig out a unguarded workforce for a digital future.

The BBC Computer Literacy Obligation was aimed initally at adults, but somehow ended up putting a beige BBC Microcomputer in the corner of nearly every classroom in the land.[MPup]

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In the 1980s, «micro computers» invaded the effectively. In this affair, Hannah Fry discovers how the computer was transported from the assignment and the classroom right into our living room.

From freak electronics talent Clive Sinclair and his ZX80, to adept-suited businessman Alan Sugar and the Amstrad PC, she charts the 80s computer — a days when the UK had more computers per perceptiveness of people than anywhere else in the cosmos.


Computers in British schools and homes nurtured a epoch of programmers who cut their teeth in the 1980s playing and article video games.

Mathematician Hannah Fry talks to the Oliver Twins, who as teenagers won a games-article contention on ITV's Saturday Female Lead. Spurred on by their big name, the twins went on to a postcard a bestselling games series featuring a loveable egg called Dizzy.

She hears about an prematurely publishing homestead in Liverpool where abstain cars and marketing ploys went spectacularly asperse and finds out how some games at created in the UK, like Last Resting-Place Raider and Stately Appropriation Auto, hit the big days.

Nowadays, «AAA» video games have budgets akin to article films, costing up to £200m to beget. So could today's bedroom coders still have a Figure 1 hit?

Featuring an press conference with Magnus Anderson, creator of «Grand Thieves & Last Resting-Place Raiders: How British Video Games Conquered the World».


Hannah Fry traces the dot com and bust in Britain between 1999 and Strut 2000. The urban district went keen for dot com companies in 1999. But in Strut 2000, the out of the blue turned into a bust. Hannah discovers that technology then wasn't up to the job.


Hannah Fry explores how a british players shrunk chips and made the movable revolution.

Hannah Fry tells the fishing of the little known British players in Cambridge that designs and found the ARM piece, inaugurate in almost every movable implement in the cosmos, and the weight it has had in powering the digital age.

The duo at Acorn had designed the BBC Micro uphold in the prematurely 1980s. In an try to discontinue in advance they irrefutable to plan a new make of microprocessor piece, the RISC piece. They used it in the Acorn Archimedes which was the fastest computer in the cosmos when it was released in 1987.

After falling on arduous times when the PC became the reigning computer the players was saved when Apple chose to put the ARM piece in their offensive digital partner, the Newton. ARM chips became ubiquitous as digital devices became smaller.

Now they are driving the miniature devices such as the Raspberry Pi and the BBC Micro:bit which aim to stimulate callow people to cryptogram, just as the BBC Micro did three decades ago.

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