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Shipwreck hides 2,000-year-old computer

Nov. 6, 2015

Using new technology to rewrite history.

When was the first computer created? 50 years ago? 100 years ago? 2,000 years ago? Discover in a shipwreck near Crete, the Antikythera  is considered to be the first programmable computer, and it was created more than 2,000 years ago. The Antikythera, named for the shipwreck it was discovered in, could be used as a calendar, to track the phases of the moon, and to predict eclipses.

The shipwreck had been explored several times before, but it was the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), headed by Dr. Brendan Foley and armed with the latest technological advancements, who made the discovery.

Learn more about the shipwreck's secrets

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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