On a walk off of the Business School campus, we found the Harvard Mark I computer, which now exists as a renovated display as of 2014 in the Harvard Science Center. I just thought it was interesting to see it in the shadow of a modern day iMac.
The Mark I could do 3 additions or subtractions a second. iMac – 3.5 billion instructions a second, x 4 processors. 15 years ago, the Mark I would probably be living in the shadow of a Windows PC. 10 years before that, probably a Macintosh. Times change.
More photos from our excursion, below (click to enlarge), and here’s an article from the Harvard Crimson in 1952 about the opening of the Mark I’s successor, the Mark IV.