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History of Computers: The first programmable computer was not ENIAC, it was Z1

posted May 13, 2016, 2:31 AM by Maurice Nyamoti   [ updated May 13, 2016, 2:32 AM ]
America would want us to believe that they are the master minds behind any technology advancement in the world, and that is why we read in schools about ENIAC and EDVAC as the first programmable computers. I can today here fulfill that, the first programmable computer was not ENIAC, it was Z1 a discovery of a Germany scientist Konrad Zuse

"Zuse spent years working in his parents’ living room, constructing giant computers that would seem ridiculously large by today’s standards. The Z1, an earlier attempt that laid the groundwork for the Z3, was over six feet tall. The Z1 broke ground in its own right. The Z1, completed in 1936, was the first computer that ran on binary, a series of on and off switches. Unfortunately, it was kind of unreliable and only worked for a few minutes as the mechanical switches would get stuck."

Seventy five years ago (yesterday) Konrad Zuse changed computing forever. His invention, the Z3, was presented at the German Laboratory for Aviation in Berlin on May 12, 1941, as the world’s first entirely automatic computer controlled by programs.

By the time Zuse was working on Z3, Howard Aiken, backed by IBM, was working on a similar project at the same time in the U.S. Because of World War II, however, the two men didn’t know about each others’ work. Aiken’s machine, the Mark I, debuted three years after Zuse’s and was reportedly slower.

Unfortunately, Zuse’s original Z3 was destroyed in 1943, bombed in Berlin. Also lost in the bombing were important documents associated with its development. Rubbing more salt in the wound, the German Patent Office told Zuse after the war that he could not patent his invention. Zuse worked on reconstructing the Z3 in the sixties, however, and today that replica is on display in Munich’s Deutsches Museum.