There’s no mysterious mythological mechanical beast of a machine to inspire our imaginations about the forward thinking man who never completed his work and his beautiful programmer friend.

You’re correct.  Yes, I was aware of Ada Lovelace, but what fascinated me about this is that it was the first working computer program that was used.

Nobody heralds it.  I mean people herald efforts even before Ada Lovelace; the predecessors of Babbage were programmable knitting machines and the like fed by paper-tape.

But here’s the first program of our era that was used.  There’s no mysterious mythological mechanical beast of a machine to inspire our imaginations about the forward thinking man who never completed his work and his beautiful programmer friend.

Rather, it’s just a simple program that did something that’s in a DIRECT LINE to us today.  No gap.  Part of the same lineage.

that’s what makes this stand out for me.

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