Charles Babbage, regarded as the father of the modern computer, might just see his vision turn into reality.
A UK-based initiative to build Babbage’s prototype computer that he thought of in 1837 is slowly gaining speed. With over 1,600 people already monetarily supporting the campaign, it requires another 48,400 people to hit their target.
A complete version of the steam-powered machine has never been built to date.
John Graham-Cumming, the man behind the campaign said to the BBC: "A hundred years ago, before computers were available, [Babbage] had envisaged this machine."
Had this machine been built at the time, it would’ve been the first computer, but could have been between the size of a small lorry and a steam locomotive.
Graham-Cumming also said: "I was a little worried whether enough people would care about a steam-powered computer, with 1k of memory that was 13,000 times slower than a [Sinclair] ZX81."
Posted by Devina Divecha