Podcast Episode 68 l Meet this 2,000 year old computer

It is called the Antikythera Mechanism

A rusting, green set of gears known as the Antikythera Mechanism found at the bottom of the ocean aboard a decaying Greek ship it is now acknowledged as the first computer.
Antikythera Mechanism. Credit: Marsyas, Wikipedia
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2,000 years ago, an astonishing piece of technology existed – the Antikythera mechanism. Its origins were shrouded in mystery. Today, it is widely acknowledged as the first computer. Discovered in the depths of the sea, aboard a decaying Greek ship, the complexity of this enigmatic device intrigued scholars for decades, and even now, some of its functions remain veiled in uncertainty. The ship was found near the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901.

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