CHM Live │Working on ENIAC: Rethinking Innovation Myths with Author Thomas Haigh

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This talk focuses on ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic computer, based on research for Thomas Haigh’s book ENIAC in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer, recently published by MIT Press. Haigh’s work explains that the six women now celebrated as the “first computer programmers” were actually hired as computer operators and worked hands-on with the machine around the clock. Other women, who actually built ENIAC, have been forgotten entirely, as have the contributions of other people working on vital aspects of the project, from procuring the right kind of wire to saving ENIAC from flood water. Haigh’s concluding comments relate this historical material to the human labor and physical infrastructure today vanishing from public view into the “cloud.” Lot number: X8017.2017 Catalog number: 102717260