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computers - the beginning

computers - the beginning

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the beginning computers
the beginning computers

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FIRST GENERATION COMPUTERS (1940S-1956) Generally, the computers built during the World War II era are

known as the first generation computers. These are considered the first computers, and were extremely different from the computers we see today. Because the first generation computers were extremely difficult to program, they were designed for a specific task, and they never made it to the general market. These primitive computers relied on vacuum tubes and magnetic drums. Vacuum tubes process data by allowing the passage of electrons while magnetic drums use magnetic material to store data. The 1st generation computers were also extremely slow. However, despite their great number of downfalls, these computers have gradually evolved into computers, as we know them today. SECOND GENERATION COMPUTERS (1956-1963) The computers built in the 1950s and 1960s are considered the 2nd generation computers. These computers make use of the transistors invented by Bell Telephone laboratories and they had many of the same components as the modern-day computer. For instance, 2nd generation computers typically had a printer, some sort of tape or disk storage, operating systems, stored programs, as well as some sort of memory. These computers were also generally more reliable and were solid in design. THIRD GENERATION COMPUTERS (1964-1971) The 3rd Generation Computers were generally much smaller in size than the 2nd and 1st generation computers. This is because these newer computers were made of integrated circuits and semiconductors (a type of material that had the properties of an insulator and a conductor). 3rd generation computers also contained operating systems, which acted as 1

based on artificial intelligence. and their prices became lower and lower. 2 . Another function of operating systems is to make sure everything is flowing smoothly inside the computer. Computers became more efficient and more reliable. that are being used today. computers became smaller and smaller. They began to catch the eye of the general public. FOURTH GENERATION COMPUTERS (1971. though there are some applications. The goal of fifth-generation computing is to develop devices that respond to natural language input and are capable of learning and selforganization. Countries such as Japan. such as voice recognition. They are massively parallel. FIFTH GENERATION COMPUTERS (PRESENT AND BEYOND) Fifth generation computing devices. and they could perform more and more operations. and the whole world was connected by the Internet and by the World Wide Web.PRESENT) The 4th generation computers are marked by the usage of integrated circuits and microprocessors. are still in development. The 3rd generation computers made the transition from transistors to integrated circuits and from punch cards to electronic computer systems.overseers to the performance of a computer and which allowed computers to run different programs at once. Networks became commonplace. have large knowledge bases and are intelligent. As the years passed. Millions of components could be placed onto a single silicon chip. and soon more sophisticated software and equipment were designed. Quantum computation and molecular and nanotechnology will radically change the face of computers in years to come. The use of parallel processing and superconductors is helping to make artificial intelligence a reality. Europe and USA use these computers for advanced research programs.

The computer field continues to experience huge growth. For better or worse. and schools. and automatic teller machines (ATM) let us conduct banking transactions from virtually anywhere in the world. if not all homes. Today computers do much more than simply compute: supermarket scanners calculate our grocery bill while keeping store inventory. computers have infiltrated every aspect of our society. computerized telphone switching centers play traffic cop to millions of calls and keep lines of communication untangled. and electronic publishing are just a few of the applications that have grown in recent years. Computer networking. offices. computers or terminals will reside in most. computer mail. Advances in technologies continue to produce cheaper and more powerful computers offering the promise that in the near future. 3 .Nothing epitomizes modern life better than the computer.

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