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Computer Then and Now and Where they are GoingIn modern times the computer has been one of the most influential if not the most influential pieces of electronics ever produced The evolution of the modern computer has come a long way from the times it was first thought of and conceived and with the advancements of todays modern computers the opportunities seem to be endless In the computer business each day brings new and more advance ideas in to reality and the potential for the modern computer are ever growing but without the foundation of past ideas and machines the computers of today may have been non existing Therefore to better understand the future of the computer one must take a look at its past and see how it has evolved in to the machine of today and how it is going to continue to expand in its limitationsOne of the first major pioneers of the computer industry was a distinguished French mathematician and philosopher by the name of Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 Ceruzzi 28 In 1642 Pascal invented an adding machine which was inspired by his father who was a tax collector and who needed a easier and more efficient way of keeping track of numbers Ceruzzi 28 He invented the first machine of its kind it was able to keep track of numbers accurately and efficiently Pascals device inspired many other adding machines Ceruzzi 29 Blaise Pascal with his adding machine was one of the starters of the computer revolution by showing people that a machines can do the work of a humans mindA man by the name of Charles Xavier Thomas 1785-1870 took Pascals invention of the adding machine and turned it into and commercially successful calculating machine Ceruzzi 30 He later went to Paris to help start up the insurance industry and found a real need of for a faster and more advanced machine He came up with the Arithmometer which he
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