Wednesday, January 12, 2011

HAL 9000 another year older!

HAL was "born" on on January 12, 1992. And his birth occured at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois. Yes, on the same grounds (fictional in HAL's case) where, at the University of Illinois, Mosaic, the first graphical web-browser was born at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in April 1993 (or just shortly after HAL became operational).

Here's an earlier post for HAL's birthday last year. 

In the picture here is the plaque in Georgetown, Washington, DC, that marks the building where Herman Hollerith first created the punch card, the analog predecessor of HAL. 

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