Colossus: the world’s first programmable computer

Colossus: the world’s first programmable computer

Although others are often given the credit, Bletchley Park’s top-secret Colossus was the real pioneer of modern computing.

This is the story of building – from 2400 valves, no less – the world’s first programmable computer, Colossus. First operational in 1944, it automated wartime codebreaking, shaving years off World War II.

Owing to secrecy policy, Colossus has taken a back seat in computing history, but the short film below about the creators of the seminal machine should help bring it closer to its rightful place in history. 

[via The Official Google Blog]

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