Retrotechtacular: The Unbelievable Machine | Hackaday


They simply don’t write promotional movie scripts like they used to: “These males are design engineers. They’re about to interact a brand new breed of pc, referred to as Graphic 1, in a dialogue that can take a look at the ingenuity of each males and machine.”

This video (embedded under) from Bell Labs in 1968 demonstrates the cutting-edge in “pc graphics” because the narrator calls it, with apparent citation marks in his inflection. The film ranges from circuit format, to animations, to voice synthesis, hitting the excessive factors of the know-how on the time. The soundtrack, produced on their computer systems, naturally, is pure Jetsons.

Highlights are the singing “Daisy Bell” at 9:05, which impressed Stanley Kubrick to play a glitchy model of the observe as Dave is pulling Hal 9000’s brains out, symbolically regressing backwards by a historical past of pc voice synthesis which at that time limit was the current. (Whoah!)

mpv-shot0007  Retrotechtacular: The Unbelievable Machine | Hackaday mpv shot0007Anyway, we expect it’s nice to look again at these items and notice how concurrently comparable and totally different the early days of our trendy know-how had been. One thread they bought flawed was pondering that bodily modelling the internal ear would assist with speech synthesis — all it’s a must to do is make the correct sounds. However one factor they bought proper was the all-in-one drag-and-drop circuit simulation utility proven to start with. That they had some actually useful GUIs again then, contemplating the tech.

And that reminds us that we needed to work on integrating SPICE modelling into our circuit design stream. You already know, to meet up with the late 1960’s.

Thanks [Simon] for the journey down (another person’s) reminiscence lane.



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