A father of the high-technology and telecommunications industries in the United States is aerospace and defense (A&D). I say “a” father because success will always be claimed by many fathers, both possibly biological and adoptive. Evidence of a progenitor-offspring relationship abounds, but I will reference just a few examples to prove my point. First there was ENIAC, sponsored by the US Army for calculating the flight of artillery projectiles, which many regard as the first general purpose electronic computer. Then there was Whirlwind, sponsored by the US Navy to drive a flight simulator and often referred to as the indirect predecessor of all business computers and minicomputers developed and sold in the 1960s.
August 14, 2012
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