Computer History on 16th February


Everyday of the year is filled with one of the greatest events in Computer History. 16 th February is one such that and lead to the development of the current state of computing. You should feel lucky to witness this day.

Major events in Computer History that took place on 16 th February are:

  • 2011: IBM's Watson defeated the two best Jeopardy players
  • 1977: Ian Clarke was born (FreeNet)
  • 1978: World's first Bulletin board system
  • 1946: ENIAC was dedicated to Moore's School

We will go through each of the events in detail now.

2011: IBM's Watson defeated the two best Jeopardy players

Jeopardy! is a question and answer game show in USA. It is a very popular show and the stars being Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. IBM wanted its machine Watson to compete with the two of the greatest players of all time in the Show.

It was a three way event which was streamed on National television from 14th February 2010 to 16th February 2010. Today was the last day of the intense event where IBM's Watson won.

In fact, the score of Watson was more than the combined score of the other two players. This was a major event in USA and marks another event where Machines outperformed humans.

1977: 1977: Ian Clarke was born (FreeNet)

Ian Clarke was born on this day (16th February 1977) and was a Computer Scientist and a lead developer for FreeNet.

FreeNet was one of the first peer to peer communication tool focused on censorship free communication. It was written in Java.

It is significant in the Internet space and it received SUMA-Award for "protection against total surveillance" on 11th February 2015.

1978: World's first Bulletin board system

It was today (16th February 1978) that Ward Christensen and Randy Suess released the World's first Bulletin board system which is the basis of:

  • A foundation of the Internet
  • Majority of communication in early Internet
  • Inspired to form Twitter

It was named CBBS: computerized bulletin board system. Learn more on Wired.com by Scoth Gilbertson.

1946: ENIAC was dedicated

J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly designed the World's first general purpose computer named ENIAC.

It was today (16th February 1946) that an official dedication ceremony was held to denote the dedicated of ENIAC to Moore School to recognize the contributions of Moor School a leader in this field.

After a few weeks, J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly resigned from Moore School because they did not want to give up their patent rights on ENIAC.

If you are born on this day (16 February), you should be proud and happy as such great people in Computer Science like Ian Clarke were born and today, the World's first bulletin board system was launched. Go through other events in Computer History. Enjoy.

Ue Kiao, PhD

Ue Kiao, PhD

Ue Kiao is a Technical Author and Software Developer with B. Sc in Computer Science at National Taiwan University and PhD in Algorithms at Tokyo Institute of Technology | Researcher at TaoBao

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