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2,000 Year Old Computer Discovered In Shipwreck

Published on November 1, 2015 by   ·   2 Comments

A 2000 year-old computer has been found in a shipwreck


It appears that the advent of computing began with the birth of Christ, over 2000 years ago, as a small bronze mechanism has been discovered under the sea off Crete. 

The Antikythera mechanism is thought to be the first ever programmable computer, and the old computer in existence.

Yahoo News reports:

Thanks to an intricate series of gears and dials, the mechanism could be used as a calendar, to track the phases of the moon, and to predict eclipses. It’s an object out of time: no other artefact as complex was built during the thousand years after the mechanism’s creation–that we know of.

The Antikythera mechanism was named after the shipwreck on which it was discovered. Having sunk to the bottom of the sea in the first century BCE taking the mechanism with it, the shipwreck lay undisturbed until 1900, when a group of Greek sponge divers discovered it and began bringing its treasures to the surface.

After the death of one diver and two others becoming paralysed, operations to recover the artefacts were brought to a halt, but not before statues, ceramics, and the mechanism itself were brought up.

In 1953 and 1976, marine explorer Jacques Cousteau led the next expeditions to the wreck, bringing an assortment of objects, including more statues, coins, and gemstones. Due to the depth of the wreck and the diving technology of the period, divers could only spend a handful of minutes investigating the ship at a time or risk the bends that proved fatal to the first expedition.

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. Did it run on a Microsoft or Apple OS? :P

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