Computers were invented to make complex mathematical calculations possible and make tasks easier for humans. Even modern computers perform calculations in addition to the myriad other tasks they perform. While the first computers were simple devices, modern computers use cutting-edge technology and advanced materials to perform calculations at an incredible rate.Know More
Modern computers can be very small, and they appear in a variety of modern products. Small computers can be found in cellular phones, modern cameras and automobiles, where their incredibly fast mathematical abilities help make the lives of humans easier.
Primitive computers have been around for thousands of years, although they look nothing like modern computers. Completely bereft of moving parts, the first calculating devices were called counting boards. These boards featured grooved lines and beads that could be placed in the grooves. Such calculators were helpful for keeping track of large numbers; but soon, better tools, such as the abacus, were invented. An abacus is a wooden frame with wooden balls that slide back and forth along narrow rods. True calculating devices were invented in the early 19th century; but while these elaborate devices were more helpful than counting boards and similar tools, they were very expensive to construct.Learn more about Computer History
The Internet in its current incarnation came into existence with the invention of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee in the 1990s. However, the general idea behind the Internet was already in use at that time, albeit in a much smaller way.Full Answer >
Google is a company, so it wasn't invented so much as it was created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The company was originally called Backrub and was run on Stanford University's servers until it outgrew the available bandwidth. Google was made official on Sept. 15, 1997, when Google's domain name was registered.Full Answer >
Most historians believe the Osborne 1, invented by Adam Osborne in 1981, to be the first real portable computer. Weighing 24 pounds, including its 5-inch screen, the Osborne 1 was never a big success.Full Answer >
Email was invented by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who started developing the electronic mail system in 1978, at age 14. He holds the original copyright for the term 'EMAIL.'Full Answer >