As discussed today in class, you have a choice between two essay topics for this initial assignment. Choose one, and submit your comment by Saturday, September 14th at noon. Use parenthetical citations in the format (Author, page number) to reference quotes, statistics, or particular ideas from the readings.
After discussing Turing’s life and work in class, I asked you what being gay might have to do with the singularity, from the perspective of the history of computing. Write an essay that attempts to answer this question, using specific evidence and analogies from computing history that we have studied so far. Be attentive to historical context, but feel free to be creative with your argument in answering this question. Just be sure to back up your claims with specific historical details and evidence. (400-600 words)
Write an essay that discusses the similarities and differences between the Colossus, ENIAC, EDVAC and EDSAC. Make sure your essay puts the machines in their historical context by discussing what each one did and why it was important. Your essay must have a clear argument that tells us something new & non-obvious about the history of computing and shows change over time. (400-600 words)