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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:

Analog VS Digital Electronics:

The Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU):

How RADAR Works:

RADAR Introductory Video (Military?):

History of RADAR:

An Electromechanical Clock:

Last working analog graphics machine:

Colossus: The Forbin Project Trailer:

Colossus: The Forbin Project Wikipedia:

War Games "Shall we play a game?":

The Turing Test:

Demo of Turochamp Code:

Carnegie Mellon University Management Game:

Tennis for Two:


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