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The world's oldest computer ?


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news icon rIt looks like a heap of rubbish, feels like flaky pastry and has been linked to aliens. For decades, scientists have puzzled over the complex collection of cogs, wheels and dials seen as the most sophisticated object from antiquity, writes Helena Smith.

But 102 years after the discovery of the calcium-encrusted bronze mechanism on the ocean floor, hidden inscriptions show that it is the world's oldest computer, used to map the motions of the sun, moon and planets.

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I wonder if it was using something similar to the AMD's new AM2 socket...

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OOOOOooooooo the Antikytheran Mechanism! Now that was a true find! Any one see this thing on Discovery Channel? It was recreated to the best of engineer's abilities and they STILL didn't get it totally right, but pretty close. This little thing kept track of the workings of the solar system. And also served as a calender if I remember correctly.....

REALLY NEAT MACHINE!

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Hard to believe it was made around 80BC. It's great that they found it. Proves to us just how smart our ancestors were.

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