First Programming Languages, Supercomputers & the Space Race
In the second episode, 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.
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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