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The Dawn of Computers and Gaming

May 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 089 - The Dawn of Computers and Gaming

 

We look at the dawn of computers.  Not just people; but analog, electronic, and digital computers!  We look at how the early games on the computer were not so much games as demonstration programs or simple AI to play games like tic-tac-toe, NIM, checkers, and, of course, chess.  We look at how the work done during WWII around RADAR played a role in how both computers and computer games developed.  Next we look at some of the fear in the popular psyche of computers and AI as depicted in movies.  We finish looking at what is considered the first video games. 

 

Hidden Figures Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wfrDhgUMGI

Analog VS Digital Electronics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxJKXGugfh8

The Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I5ZMmrOfnA

How RADAR Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3uIXt1V7YY

RADAR Introductory Video (Military?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rIHdcwlvlk

History of RADAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeGBXQLu8pQ

An Electromechanical Clock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1it3kjIgocc

Last working analog graphics machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wxc3mKqKTk

Colossus: The Forbin Project Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyOEwiQhzMI

Colossus: The Forbin Project Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project

War Games "Shall we play a game?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1F7vaNP9w0

The Turing Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wLqsRLvV-c

Demo of Turochamp Code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvanV9B6EBs

Carnegie Mellon University Management Game: https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/programs/mba/curriculum/capstones/management-game.html

Tennis for Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PG2mdU_i8k

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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