The first generation of computer was the greatest innovation in the field of technology. It’s a common question that arises in the mind of a computer student or is asked by any teacher or student related to the field of computing that who introduced the first generation of computer? In this article, you will be informed about that with all related and important pieces of information and details regarding the invention of the first generation computer. When the first stored-program computer came into existence and it was introduced to the whole world at that time. Every institute related to technology and innovation wanted it for them for their research purposes and in their lab so that their teaching standard would rise. But there rose question where could the whole worlds institutes and universities can get this computer from?
Role of IAS in the invention of first generation of computers
There were very few stored-program computers or the first generation computers for a lot of institutes and universities. Furthermore, these computers were manufactured manually and they were not available in the market or at any other commercial place so, if anyone wanted it then it had to manufacture it for him. Some designs of these computers were published so, some of the manufactures used them and some built the computers independently using their own designs. Then all of sudden, an institute named Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study as known as IAS came with a theory that attracted the whole world interested in computing, including the emerging companies of technology.
Idea of IAS about the first generation of computers
The IAS provided the world with an idea and a theory this was enough to initialize the whole but further research and a lot of improvements were to be made for that in 1946 a Hungarian mathematician named John von Neumann for the very first time introduced a stored-program computer. In this way, the IAS with the help of Mr. John von Neumann in 1951, provided the world with its design for a stored-program first generation computers. Now the hardware was freely available and everyone was free to make changes in it and use it the way they wanted to. In this way, the first generation computers were introduced and this is how John von Neumann invented the first generation of the computer. The below-shown picture is of the inventor of the first generation of the computer, the guy who converted the study, research, theories, and ideas of an institute into the hardware machine that actually worked as it was expected and that machine is now known as the computer.
Man behind the First generation of computers
In previous paragraphs, we had discussed the basic information about John von Neumann that he introduced the first generation computer. But there is much more about him which we haven’t discussed yet. That’s what we’ll discuss here. John von Neumann was a Hungarian national. His father’s name was Max von Neumann. John von Neumann was professionally a mathematician and with his knowledge, he played an important role in the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science, and most importantly he contributed a lot in the field of artificial life. He introduced and contributed to this field of artificial life that is now known as artificial intelligence so, what he did at that time is continued till this day.
Inventor of the first generation of computer about artificial life
This man John von Neumann the inventor of first generation computer had a concept about the artificial life and his concept about artificial life was that the machine should work automatically, he wanted a machine to be capable of detecting, analyzing, and solving the problem so that it would be easy for us humans to live because most of our works would be done by machines or in today’s language computers. Now we can see that the concept of John von Neumann was completely right and following that the world has come so far in the computing field and now all of our works and need are computerized. Now we can’t imagine a life without these machines named computers because now they have become an important part of our life all credit goes to John von Neumann who set the base brick for this building..
Why first generation of computers were invented?
The first generation computers were not as useful as the computers are now. A computer is a very useful machine as it can perform different functions such as calculations including the logical and the arithmetical operations on its own using the code installed in it using the instructions provided to it using the programming language. Now, these machines have become modern with respect to the technology and now these machines are called computers and they being used as the control system in all field globe wise from to the industries, factories to the consumer usage things.
Why we needed the first generation of computer?
Basically, the reason why we needed first generation computers was that humans wanted to reduce their work so we wanted a smart machine that could help us in our works including the accounts, manufacturing, and other deeds including the commercial and local needs. In that time of the nineteen century, many new machines were introduced to the world and it was the age of technology and innovation so some present-minded people present at that time worked on this idea of the first generation computer as it was one of the most needed things at that time by the world.
First generation computers to Artificial Intelligence
In the middle of the nineteenth century, the very first intelligent and smart machine known as the first generation computer was introduced worldwide. At that time the first generation computer was nothing but just a calculator because what it could perform was nothing but some basic calculations using high-level language coding. But according to that time was a great achievement and was really appreciated. All of the great institutes and countries were impressed and wanted this computer as an honor so that more research could be done to make it more reliable and intelligent as it is today. With the time we experienced that from performing some calculations to becoming the control system of the industrial, commercial, and user-level computer has improved a lot. Now the world wants this machine to think itself for that a lot of work is going on the artificial intelligence and some achievements have been made but still it gets better every day and soon the first generation computer that covered the space of a whole room and performed some basic calculations that a simple calculator of this time could easily perform the computer have become human-like machine called robot that even thinks be itself with the help of artificial intelligence.