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When did they make the computer?

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November 01, 2007 10:50PM

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) was the first electronic digital computing device. Conceived in 1937, the machine was capable of solving up to 29 simultaneous linear equations and was successfully tested, though its input/output mechanism was still unreliable in 1942 when its inventors left Iowa State College for World War II assignments. The ABC pioneered important elements of modern computing, including binary arithmetic and electronic switching elements, but its special-purpose nature and lack of a changeable, stored program distinguish it from modern computers. This is right off of the Wikipedia site.