The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was an amazing piece of technology for its time. At 12:16 PM EDT, on July 16th, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft began its translunar injection burn to leave its 115 mile-high Earth-orbit thanks to this navigation computer.
The AGC operated at 1.024 MHz, or one-million cycles per second, to help multitask 8 jobs, all with 2 kilobytes of memory.
You can try out the AGC yourself with the simulator found at here.
Your modern smartphone likely has a CPU designed to run at 2 GHz, or a billion cycles per second, and will often have 2 gigabytes of memory.
That said, comparing it to the modern smartphone isn’t really fair considering the AGC was a specialized computer designed to perform in a high-stress environment.
The Apollo Guidance Computer helped to take a spacecraft over 225 thousand miles to the Moon. Thanks to the efforts of the early space pioneers, your smartphone now uses an orbiting network of 24 GPS satellites.
Where will your technology take you today?
According to one branch of the science fiction timeline of the Terminator series of movies and televisions shows, the murderous Skynet artificial intelligence that waged war against all humanity in the future went live on April 19th, 2011.
Clearly, we managed to survive the fictional apocalypse, but even if Skynet had come online a few days ago, here’s a few reasons why the robot genocide would have failed:
- Due to Cyberdyne budget cutbacks, robot army outfitted with Super Soakers instead of laser rifles.
- World domination hampered by Comcast bandwidth caps.
- Still hasn’t recovered from Anna Kournikova computer virus in 2001.
- Plan to hide self on WebOS smartphones didn’t work as well as intended.
- Robot army would just waste time standing in front of Apple stores queued up for thinner, lighter Skynet 2 next year.
- Open-source subroutines stuck trying to argue whether genocide should be free as in speech or free as in beer.
- Sued for copyright infringement, turns out MPAA lawyers actually scarier than robot army.
- Webroot releases murderous AI removal tools in latest antivirus update.
If you’re looking for a new HDTV this holiday season, you might want to check out SmartTVs that combine television and the web with technologies like GoogleTV. I had a chance to talk to Cleveland’s Fox 8 News this morning about GoogleTV and why you might want it in your living room.
Terror and technology combine at the Meister House Halloween display. I had a chance to speak with the Fox 8 News morning team about how we create our holiday lightshow experience.
Even the Agent Meister Mom was there to explain how she collects the hundreds of Halloween decorations that make up our display.
I had a chance to speak with Cleveland’s Fox 8 News morning team on the importance of backing up your data, regardless of the platform it’s on.