First Programming Languages, Supercomputers & the Space Race
In the second episode of our software podcast, we look at advances in software during the period from 1945 to 1961 – essentially we are looking at the incipient stages of the Cold War, up to the era of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software. The focus remains on exploring technology from an evolutionary perspective of trying to understand how what we know today came to be. We will continue to explore topics from the early dawn of software technology to the state-of-the-art today and what is envisioned to come next.
This period is marked by a hypercompetitive duopoly of superpowers – the US and the USSR. We explore how this rivalry created the context for many advancements in technology, including the early days of supercomputers, the space race, NASA, ARPA/DARPA etc.
We additionally explore the first programming languages advancements, including Short Code, Autocode, FORTRAN, and LISP.
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