"Behind The Scenes" with James Earl Jones to Develop a Segment on the History of Computing, Developed for Public Television

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New segment will look into the past and future of technology...

Using a computer is a normal part of a modern lifestyle, but it does not have a long history. By understanding the history of computing, individuals learn about the possibilities for the future and the ways that technology has developed over time. It also helps individuals recognize the ways that computing and the use of technology has changed in recent years. In a new segment of "Behind The Scenes" with host James Earl Jones, viewers will be treated to the highlights of the history of computing.

Although computers are a relatively new application of computing, the abacus allowed individuals to manage basic computing and mathematical skills as early as the 14th century. It was used as a method of calculating numbers by using different grooves and slides as a form of counting. The slide rule was developed in the 17th century and it improved on the basic abacus by using a simple and easy to use form.

The first computer that did not use manual forms of computing was developed in the years between 1939 to 1942 at Iowa State University. From the initial Atanasoff Berry Computer, computing changed and took on a digital form. Electric computers also developed in the 1940's.

In an upcoming segment of "Behind The Scenes", with host James Earl Jones, viewers will learn about the history of computing and the way that initial developments allowed modern technology to grow and thrive. They will will also learn about the growth of technology in relation to computing and mathematics. "Behind The Scenes" is not affiliated or related to PBS, but it is a public broadcast.

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