The computer and computerised devices are one of the most famous inventions. How did these devices come into existence? The first-ever computer was invented in 1821 by a man called Charles Babbage. In retrospect, computers back then were very different from what they are today.

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The computer and computerised devices are one of the most famous inventions. How did these devices come into existence? The first-ever computer was invented in 1821 by a man called Charles Babbage. In retrospect, computers back then were very different from what they are today. 

Charles Babbage – a name we should all know

The English mathematician Charles Babbage is well-known for his invention of the calculating machine (which calculated numerical tables). 

By 1848, another fellow English mathematician went down in history for writing the world’s first computer program. Her name was Ada Lovelace. As she translated a paper on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, she created her first program. 

In 1931, Vannevar bush invented the world’s the first large-scale digital computer, “Differential Analyzer”. Soon after, a professor of mathematics and physics was on track to build the first electric-only computer. In 1941, a German inventor finished his project, which was the very first digital computer. 

Further development 

After some development in 1949, it was a biggie; the project called the “Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Automatic Computer” was the world’s first digital computer capable of playing music. 

Then in 1958, people created computer chips, and things only progressed. Shortly after, the world’s first gaming console came into our lives, and of course, someone jumped on the first major video game by 1972. 

Steve Jobs came to the scene and co-created the Apple computer with Steve Wozniak, the first computer with an integrated circuit board in 1976. That started to grow, and more companies began developing to stay relevant. 

The progress continued a few years later when the first portable laptop came out with a standard design. Less than ten years later, the world wide web came into play, and new development was on the cards called HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Ten years after, WI-FI hit our lives. 

The 21st century came around, and Apple picked up speed; in 2006, the MacBook Pro was the earliest to offer dual-control mobile and computing. Other companies started to bring out their versions of this technology. Google upped their game by releasing the Chromebook, the number one global device for learning and education. 

Then in 2015, Smartwatches, limited computers on your wrists, became the new craze. You probably will have seen these; the most prominent brands like Google, Galaxy and Apple have their versions. These are limited because you can only do a few things that a computer can do, but isn’t it amazing that a watch can act as a computer in some way?

What are the pros and cons of this technology? 

Computerised learning, working and the internet being vast and available means that people can communicate in many different forms, work collaboratively and keep in touch with people worldwide. That has also boomed the e-commerce sector and helped people to learn and discover new things. Computers have evolved into more essential things than we thought they could be. With AI, automation, VR, AR, MR and CGI, computers and computer technology have revolutionised every sector of this world. It’s helped humans grow, learn and explore.

However, having computers so handy – and letting us do everything any human can do on a computer means that we no longer have any real-life interaction, and automation can take humans’ jobs away. Being online for so long can damage our eyesight and ruin our concentration spans, which then makes us more isolated from each other. 

There is no doubt that computer technology has changed our lives. Compared to when it all began in 1821, technological advancements have made life easier and our daily routines more convenient. But is the mental health effect of isolation enough to stop us from advancing even more?

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