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celebrates the spectacular history of computing, from mysterious
ancient devices to technologies of the future. Journey through 19 alcoves, each dedicated to a different aspect of computing and featuring an iconic object.
Discover, in our multi-media displays, the back-stories, development drama, and astonishing breakthroughs of the gadgets, gurus and companies you love or love to hate.
Write your name on the podium from the original Jeopardy! stage set
where Watson debuted. Take your Jeopardy! photo. Play Jeopardy! with a simulated version of Watson. Learn about Watson and cognitive computing.
All at the Computer History Museum through May 2014.
In 2011, the Watson computing system made history on the quiz show Jeopardy! by besting the show's two greatest champions in a televised exhibition match.
Watson received the first prize of $1 million.
The IBM 1401 was introduced in 1959. It’s impact was dramatic. By the mid-1960s, nearly half the computers
in the world were IBM 1401s. The 1401 was relatively inexpensive, simple yet powerful, and easily expandable. For businesses it was the perfect solution
and provided a way forward form punched card mechanical processing to modern, electronic computing.
This one-ton "minicomputer" designed in 1959 by Digital Equipment Corporation, captivated an early generation
of hackers with revolutionary real-time capability, interactivity, graphics and an addictive game, SpaceWar! See demonstrations of the box that made Rolling
Stone Magazine rave, "Ready or not. Computers are coming to the people."
"Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles" will chronicle the decades-long challenge of bringing self-driving
cars to the general public. Self-driving cars have remained perpetually two decades away since the 1930s, while over the past century, autonomous and semi-autonomous
vehicles have conquered the air, sea and roamed the edges of our solar system. In this timely new exhibit, visitors will learn about the history of autonomous vehicles,
enjoy science fiction and popular culture dreams of the driverless family car, get up close with the Google self-driving car, and learn how this amazing technology works.
Opening May 9th.
A 150-year old computer? In 1834, Charles Babbage designed "Difference Engine No. 2", an automatic
computing engine, but failed to build it. He died insisting future generations would prove his idea was sound. See it here,
faithfully built to plan in 1991 – and functioning exactly as predicted.
Plan your visit
There is a lot to see and do at the Museum. Docent-led tours and demonstrations occur on a daily basis, please call 650.810.1010
for the daily schedule.
Use the information and tools below to plan your visit and make the most of your time with us.
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