Thursday January 19, 2017

Does Anyone Know The Story Behind This Giant Computer?

Motherboard has gotten its hands on another historic tech photograph, but no one seems to know anything about it beyond what the caption tells us: "Two Italian engineers watching a big electronic calculator placed into the control room of a textile industry. Italy, 1960s." I just think it’s a cool photo, and that’s good enough for me.

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آ…sometimes the photos on these wire services are so old that the details are nonexistent. Case in point: Above, this wonderful, amazing photo of a gigantic calculator inside a control room at a textile factory. It’s so huge that it doesn’t look realآ—like they would’ve been better off with an abacus instead. It looks like a science fiction version of computers pulled directly out of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It’s sitting in the Getty Images archive as an editorial photo, so it happened. But this house-size calculatorآ—if that's even what it isآ—doesn’t appear to exist out the confines of this photo.