Thursday, 21 August 2008

Babbage and Ada

True vs Virtual Victorian images



The Virtual love of the Victorian has long been reflected in the myth that a Victorian computer had been designed by Babbage that could work. This is not true, the design could never have worked, it was too complex to be mechanical.



And Babbage himself lacked the kind of personality that could get a massive project like this even started, fighting with his designer and making enemies.



And yet these 2 Victorians are raised to a special status in Virtual Reality


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True vs Virtual Victorian images



The Virtual love of the Victorian has long been reflected in the myth that a Victorian computer had been designed by Babbage that could work. This is not true, the design could never have worked, it was too complex to be mechanical.



And Babbage himself lacked the kind of personality that could get a massive project like this even started, fighting with his designer and making enemies.



And yet these 2 Victorians are raised to a special status in Virtual Reality.



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