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Updated: Sep 14, 2021
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This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Remote Computing
This week’s focus is Remote Computing!
This week in 1940, George Stibitz demoed remote access computing for the first time, sending equations to a computer hundreds of miles away and having it return correct answers. This groundbreaking event was performed at the American Mathematical Society Conference at Dartmouth College and would eventually lead to the creation of the internet.
This was made possible using a Complex Number Calculator (CNC) that Stibitz designed in 1939 for Bell Telephone Laboratories. A CNC is a calculator that is capable of performing calculations on complex numbers and was used to perform remote access computing for the first time. Stibitz used a teletype terminal (an electromechanical typewriter) connected to New York through telephone lines to where the conference was held at Dartmouth. The members of the society would suggest equations that would be entered into the teletype. Then, the equations would be calculated remotely, and within a matter of minutes, the correct answers would be returned to them.
The second World War began shortly after this, halting many advancements to this technology and moving the focus to improve military technology. Stibitz's invention was used by the US military for calculating weapons trajectories. Once the war was over, he continued using his computers to help solve biomedical issues and his technology was able to help progress the advancements of the digital computer for years to come.
To learn more about this event and George Sibitz, check out this article. As you are practicing your coding skills this week, could you try creating a Scratch project to create your own calculator? Or for even a more advanced project try following this tutorial to code a calculator in Python. Whatever you create, don't forget to share it with us!