Written reflection

The evolution of computers have made outstanding improvements in just the past 30 years. Current digital systems such as computers, smartphones, tablets and laptops have all evolved over time. The typewriter was replaced by digital systems such as a computer and word processing software. Cord telephones have evolved over time into versions that are portable such as mobile phones and, more recently, smartphones. All technolgy is starting to become digital. Technology has also given us brand new devices in recent decades, like smartwatches, tablets, and voice assistant devices. With these devices, we can do things like transfer money instantly and make purchases for everything from clothes, food delivery, groceries, furniture, and more.

The man that I researched played a big role in developing computers and paved the way for generations of people of color to help out in this technolgy based society. Clarence “Skip” Ellis a “computer scientist” was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D in computer science. He received his degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969. He contributed to the development ILLIAC IV supercomputer, icon-based GUI, object-oriented programming languages, groupware. technology, and operational. He was also the first African-American named to the Association of Computing machinery.

Ada Lovelace has been called the world’s first computer programmer. What she did was write the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper. Someone had to be the first, but Lovelace was a woman, and this was in the 1840s. Lovelace was a brilliant mathematician and was able to do all this in a period where women were denied most privileges that men were given. She was ultimately looked at as the first computer programmer. Lovelace died of cancer in 1852, she was only 36. More than 150 years later, we remember her contributions to science and engineering in the celebration of Ada Lovelace Day on October 13.




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