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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

An Electro-Steampunk Speculation

Could Charles Babbage have created a relay-based computer? Could it have been combined with telegraphs to form a Victorian Internet?

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Anonymous Cambias said...

Babbage did his Engine work in the 1820s -- but he lived another 40 years and was active to the end. Joseph Henry invented the electric relay in 1835. So a tentative yes -- provided that Babbage could change his essentially analog gear-based designs to a binary relay-based system. He was pretty smart, though.

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