COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 15 — SPACE SHUTTLE, EXCALIBUR, PINBALL CONSTRUCTION SET, AND DR. J VS. LARRY BIRD
Even if you’re only a casual gamer, there are probably a few video game designers whose names you’re familiar with, such as Sid Meier, Todd Howard, and Shigeru Miyamoto.
In a bit of eerie foreshadowing, this episode of The Computer Chronicles from January 1984 opened with a discussion of a global pandemic.
The episode I’m covering today was taped on January 18, 1984, four days before Super Bowl XVIII.
Today’s episode contains what Stewart Cheifet would later describe as one of the classic “near disasters” involving a product demonstration on The Computer Chronicles.
Computer architecture is usually described in terms of bits. For instance, we often speak of early personal computers from the late 1970s and early 1980s as 8-bit machines.
Today, we think of networking as synonymous with the Internet–a global interconnected network that encompasses not just computers but also millions of “smart” devices.
This next episode of The Computer Chronicles from early 1984 examined the status of speech synthesis technology.
In a recent essay for the socialist journal Current Affairs, Matthew James Seidel recounted a story from 2013 where “delivery drivers came up with an unexpected way to prevent robots from taking their jobs.
Roger Ebert wrote in his four-star review of the 1983 film WarGames, “Computers only do what they are programmed to do, and they will follow their programs to illogical conclusions.
Since the 1990s, word processing has largely been synonymous with Microsoft Word.