Bozeman Computer Museum gets a boost from surprised visitor

Bozeman Computer Museum gets a boost from surprised visitor


now did you know that what is most likely the oldest computer museum in the world is located right here in Bozeman yeah it recently got a boost from well-known software engineer who wandered into the museum while speaking at MSU and Tans John Shearer has the story just blown away so and dromeda Yelton told the world about it on Twitter it’s the oldest continually operating computer museum in the world but it’s not so easy to find just a small sign directs you off Stadium Drive no look left not right but go inside and well you’re greeted not by electronics but something else entirely like stone tablets are we even in the right place oh yeah walking around the museum just my mind people come in not knowing generally what to expect but it’s all here from some of the first data processors to rare computing artifacts they have that we’re just capturing seminal moments the history of computation this Apple one computer is being offered at auction right now for big bucks the Bozeman computer museum won’t need to bid it already has one and the computer that put men on the moon it lives on in Bozeman the phone in your pocket which is just like orders of magnitude more powerful than the computer that took us to the actual moon those were the days of huge reels of magnetic tapes and punch cards but way before the moon landing the first computers started to come alive in World War 2 then electronic computers were born in the United States they were room sized giants that couldn’t compare with even a wristwatch these days women have been in computer for a long time that’s why the museum dedicates an entire room to women in technology and a section on games motivate so many people to learn all of this is understandable and you don’t have to be a geek some of the rarest items in computer history are here at the Bozeman computer museum but the goal goes way beyond trying to preserve these relics from the past it underscores that computers aren’t just sort of things that descend from on high fully farms like people who built them people had fun soldering these things together in their garages the museum even looks toward the future quantum computing there’s a display exploiting IBM’s functioning quantum computer it’s going to turn computing as we know it on its head the museum explains how and now more people than ever know about it thanks to Andromeda and this sort of surprise twist ending where the museum joins Twitter and now they have but what you see here is just a taste the museum says that’s only like six percent of their collection so honestly baby she got into her space and then I should spend all day in it George says he’s working on it and hopes to soon open a bigger and better computer Museum in Bozeman at the American computer and robotics museum I’m John Shearer for MTN news by the way the American computer robotics museum opened noon to four Tuesdays through Sunday the admission free you can check out extra interviews with that George caromed you have one of my favorite people and Andromeda on kbz kkx left comm maybe during commercial break you could give me your synopsis of quantum computing I can okay George can I get John sure did a great job Mets extended forecast is up next stay with us it is Montana this morning

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