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Computerworld Publishes A "Lost" ENIAC Interview


To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of ENIAC (the kinda-sorta first electronic computer), Computerworld has published a "lost" interview with J. Presper Eckert, who at the tender age of 24 was the chief engineer on the design team.

The patent for creating the first electronic computer eventually went to John Vincent Atanasoff at Iowa State, after it was ruled that ENIAC was derived from Atanasoff's earlier work.  In this interview, Eckert seems to imply that Atanasoff wasn't really worthy of receiving a patent because he had little more than test-bench ideas, whereas [co-designer John W.] Mauchly and Eckert took their concepts and produced a machine that did cutting-edge scientific work for a decade. In a way, this points out many of the flaws with modern technology patents -- RIM would not be in the situation it is currently facing if the NTP lawyers were required to produce a working prototype of a wireless email system.

The reason that everyone lauds ENIAC is that it was the first *meaningful* public application of a "pluggable/programmable" computer. Of course, a few folks at Bletchley Park knew that Tommy Flowers successfully created a top-secret tube-based electronic computer in 1943-1944 to crack the German Lorenz codes. The British went on to build ten of them. And, incidentally, they used parallel processing.

A lost interview with ENIAC co-inventor J. Presper Eckert (Computerworld)


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