Time is of the essence. I’m sure many of you have heard this quote many times throughout your lives. Though I am unsure of the author I want to use this quote to relate to the quick development of big computers to small personal computers. A very important reason that the intellectual leap happened in my opinion was to save time,space and money. Things that used to take multiple hours to do eventually were done in just one click during the transition from huge computers that took up one room to small personal computers or laptops that we see today. When Vanneca Bush built the differential analyzer and came up with memex in which he thought would have a large resourceful library and when Bob Berner invented the time sharing device , time was significant attribution to these inventions. The Dartmouth time sharing system was already a model for personal computers.
I have no doubt that inventors couldn’t escape the thought of using computers to save the time of things ,money and space. By constructing the computers differently, from large vacuum tubes to transistor, they began to even reduce cost, size and power consumption. These time saving machines that we know as computers went through different alternation with time. There were some failings like when Jack Kilby invented the first integrated circuit which made a lot of opportunity for mistakes. Soon, another huge fundamental transisition took place which lead to smaller computers, the micro-processor. In the lecture it was said to be “essentially a computer on a chip.” It was very cheap to manufacture,smaller and removed the need for time sharing. The Altair was said to be the 1st commercial personal computer. H
In this era computers were seen to be used by hobbyist. The Home brew computer club was started in which they traded parts, did different things on their computers. Soon they came to realize that hobbyist weren’t the only ones that could use computers. Normal people could use this and with the triple shift invention of personal computers that didn’t have to be assembled like the Altar computer, people were enjoying them. The computers were the Apple, TRS-80 and the commode pet.
The need to save time, money and space contributed to the shift and quick development in computers.