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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Slog Quiz: What Was the First Piece of Art Made on a Computer?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The Atlantic tells the story of the very first piece of artwork made on a computer, in 1956. The computer was a $238 million IBM military machine. Before you switch over to read the story, take the Slog Quiz below. Then go check your answer.

(Via Edward Champion on Twitter.)


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Ernie1 13
Kind of amazing how far computing has come in one generation. The guy in the photo was the same age as my dad was at the time, and I'm posting this from my phone that probably has more computing power than the $238 million computer in the story..
Posted by Ernie1 on January 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM · Report this
sirkowski 12
I knew it! That's what technology is for.
Posted by sirkowski on January 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM · Report this
Sandiai 11
@8 I thought it would be some sort of a test image and therefore would have to be one that everyone was familiar with.

Also, it looks like a lot of people didn't cheat (by peeking at the article). Yay, honesty.
Posted by Sandiai on January 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM · Report this
TortoiseTurtle 10
@7, or was it internalized misandry? But seriously sexy ladies are awesome.
Posted by TortoiseTurtle on January 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM · Report this
Computers used for porn?
I'm shocked! Shocked! I tell you.
Posted by SPG on January 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM · Report this
treacle 8
Well that was easy.
Interesting how many voted for the Mona Lisa. You folks are so hopeful! That's cute.
Posted by treacle on January 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Haha, got it in one. (I knew because institutional misogyny.) Guess what the cannonical standard test image is?
Posted by Ruke on January 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
rob! 6
Our local IBM sales office used to sponsor a data-processing Explorer post and would let us take the smallest System/3, a Model 6 if memory serves, to public expos. The thing had a console with keyboard, line printer, monochrome monitor, and two disk drives with sealed disk cartridges about 18" in diameter that probably held something like 256kb. It must have weighed a thousand pounds.

We'd crank out copy after copy of Mona Lisa ASCII art for booth visitors. Ooo! Computing!

(ca. late 1970s)
Posted by rob! on January 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 5
Nailed it.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on January 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Fnarf 4
We were still using Hollerith cards when I was working on the mainframe at Harvard (no, I did not attend the university) in 1987, complete with almost-as-ancient jokes about dropping the box of them.
Posted by Fnarf on January 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM · Report this
spamky 3
What else would a computer programmer in the 50s make?
Posted by spamky on January 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM · Report this
@1 My thoughts exactly.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM · Report this
geoff teardrop 1
Posted by geoff teardrop on January 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM · Report this

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