Log on to www.alpha60.de/research/muc/ to read love poetry from worlds first computer

March 11th, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 11 (ANI): The first task for the worlds earliest computer the Manchester-built Mark One was to compose romantic verse. And now, an expert has recreated the “love poetry generator” on the Internet.

After creating the Mark Ones small-scale prototype, the Baby Computer, in 1948, Manchester University scientists earned worldwide fame.

In 1952, one of the original team of scientists, Christopher Strachey, devised a quirky software programme by entering hundreds of romantic verbs and nouns into the new machine.

Mark One “Baby” used the database to create a stream of light-hearted verse.

Now, German academic David Ward has turned up a light-hearted love-poetry generator program written by Strachey to test the machines ability to randomly select information, reports The Telegraph.

Ward, a German computer archaeologist unearthed the program while researching Stracheys papers at the Bodelian Library, Oxford, and then spent three months creating his own version of the software.

His website allows visitors to generate their own random poetry.

Also, the expert has created a working replica of the One Baby computer which will run the love letter programme for an exhibition in Germany. (ANI)

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