World’’s earliest computer was used to compose love poetry

March 11th, 2009 - 12:24 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.

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

Then dozens of pioneer software programs were specially written, only to be lost over time.

But German academic David Ward has turned up a light-hearted love-poetry generator program written by Manchester scientist Christopher Strachey in 1952 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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