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Date: 07/15/12 12:17 PM

29 Responses to The 2,000-Year-Old Computer

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    Link: The 2,000-Year-Old Computer - It`s not often that a documentary will cause my jaw to drop. This one, on the Antikythera mechanism, did exactly that.
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    swoop408 Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    60 minutes long? Gotta watch this when I have time. Seems incredibly interesting though. Good find.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    swoop408 i`ve watched it when was a live submission, i assure you that is really interesting. Good post.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    Here you can see a 3D animation showing the workings of this fine piece of engineering
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    July 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Do I need to say it?

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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Good choice, sqrlz. I missed this when it was on first time around, and just spent a nice hour catching up. It`s amazing how much knowledge humans have amassed and forgotten over the course of our history.
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    After the machine was created it was used to build a social network. Then civilization collapsed. It had too many friends and likes. They inadvertently liked a large wooden horse.
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    July 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    I too watched this in live submission and was hoping it`d get approved because it`s really interesting - not just the device itself but also the science of how they worked out what it was.

    That retired engineer guy who made the replica was really cool...
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    Who have posted the video "propaganda"? I`ve watched it too and i think is really interesting and can create a lot of discussion here. I just hope that it will posted on front page.
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    beternal Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    Well worth watching!
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm
    Old news. But better than most of the latest updates.
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    liabach Male 40-49
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    July 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm
    Archimedes
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    liabach Male 40-49
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    July 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    maybe, there was some stories about a greek that built mechanical calculating machines and "robotic puppets based on a series of ropes, gears and pullies. Kindof like the first computer punchcards. Anyone remember who that was?
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    liabach Male 40-49
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    July 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm
    although i think that guy made the gears out of wood. But it wouldnt be that great of a leap for that society to convert the gears to bronze, just look at the statues
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    Caretta Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    So very much amazing in one place.
    More of this!
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    @MacGuffin: Thanks; I`m glad you liked it. I envy you your BBC!

    For those trying to decide whether this is worth an hour: It`s about a mechanical computer built in ancient Greece. New techniques for revealing interior and surface details have recently been applied, with the result that we now know the machine to have been more impressive than we thought even just ten years ago. This 2012 documentary does a great job of explaining the genius of the Antikythera mechanism`s design--and the brilliance of the many minds who have labored to figure out what it is and how it works.

    If you are interested in astronomy, the ancient Greeks, the history of technology, or archaeology, you`ll probably enjoy this.

    Hope that helps! =^.^=
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    Good watch.. was a little skeptical when they started referring to it as a "machine that can tell the future" ..and `computer` might be a strong word... I think calculator would be a little more apt.
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm
    @dead-kittens; What do you think a calculator is?
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    Also, great watch. Thanks very much for sharing :D
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    Saw this on TV, it`s a terrific study of a REALLY COOL thing!
    Well worth an hour of your time :-)
    iirc: one of the cogs inside is even older than the rest! That`s even more amazing to me.

    @AngelmassB: Nice link! Interesting video.

    @liabach: Archimedes = Win! Smartest human who ever lived! (I`m #2 of course...)
    Those devices you mentioned are covered in the TV series Ancient Discoveries
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    @Dead-Kittens: Any calculation device, electrical OR mechanical, is a computer.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    The word "computer" come from the latin word "computare" that mean calculate.
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    TheGuySmiley Male 18-29
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    July 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    I watched it all, and i have issues with them saying that it was a storm that caused the ship to sink. It could have also been sabotage that brought the ship down. or the items could have been thrown overboard for a reason.. we just don`t know.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    July 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    I saw the writing on the gears which also indicate that Archimetes himself invented Google.

    "Beware of what you read on the internet - it`s not all true." -Abraham Lincoln
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    July 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm
    TheGuySmiley:
    Way to focus on the least important detail, there, Guy.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 16, 2012 at 4:22 am
    @carmium: lolz! True that!

    THINK of how it was made: not by "trial and error" since the parts are outrageously expensive & hard to make: they had a plan!
    And if ONE cog is off by ONE tooth? The whole device fails!
    It`s likely they built a "simple" one, then kept adding features as each model progressed, arriving at the Antikythera over time.

    It`s still freaking amazing! Hooray for the Human Race!
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    July 16, 2012 at 7:22 am
    So that`s not Archimedes` original, but a copy. They need a higher resolution X-ray. In a dark corner they`ll find the words MADE IN CHINA.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    July 16, 2012 at 11:29 am
    Thanks for this. Fascinating, we`re clever buggers aren`t we?
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    gHousewater Male 18-29
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    July 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    The Dwemer from Skyrim. Where do you think they got the idea?

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