The first actual computer “bug” was a dead moth stuck in a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947.
Big banks don’t process checks and debit card charges to your account in the order they’re received, but instead use a computer program that selects the biggest amounts first and charges them against your account, emptying your account faster and resulting in more overdraft fees (profit).
In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first “SUPER” computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5 MB of data.
A computer as powerful as the human brain would be able to perform about 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold about 3,584 terabytes of memory.
The first entirely computer-generated movie sequence in cinema history was the Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The studio that made the scene would later become Pixar.
CAPTCHA is an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.”
MIT has developed computer software that can identify and distinguish a real smile from a smile of frustration.