I came across an old newspaper from the 1920’s and was surveying the want ads when I spotted a business looking for a computer to help out in their accounting department. A computer in the 1920s? A computer then was a human who had excellent math skills. In fact, in the movie, “Hidden Figures,” the women working for NASA in calculating data were also called, “computers.” Imagine, the original IBM 360 cost $5 billion dollars and had a processor that could perform 34,500 instructions per second. Now compare that to today’s laptops that can cost a few thousand dollars and process two billion instructions per second?!
Back in the 1700’s, a farmer sewing his fields had to take a handful of seeds from his pouch and then as hard as he could he would cast them out into his field as he walked —hence the word broad casting. The word changed in the 1920’s, as radio towers began to cast out their radio waves to a broad area. Today, broadcasting is used when you use your cell phone with an app like Google Live, Periscope, Streamup, YouNow, LivesStream and other App software. Except your broadcast is no longer local but literally globally.
Back in the 1600’s, the backlog was quite literally “the largest log, located toward the back of the fire.” It was a way to keep the fire burning. A few centuries later the meaning came to be known for “something stored up for later use.” Today, backlog has the meaning, “that things are being held up,” but it has started to evolve into a TODO app to help organize schedules, times, and orders. So, maybe it’s still a way to keep the fire from burning out.
In the 1300’s, a matrix was a “pregnant animal” or “breeding female.” The word later became known as the womb or enclosure. This seems to be the strongest sense at play in the 1999 film, “The Matrix: humans trapped inside the ‘womb’ of the Matrix. . .their bodies forced to pump bio-electricity to generate its power.
Thousands of years ago, Hindu mythology talked about their gods descending their world into ours and changed their spirit bodies into material forms called avatars. Interesting enough James Cameron’s Avatar came from a game in the 1980’s called Habitat. This was the first large-scale online role-playing game in history. People interacted with others in this virtual world through their avatars. Interesting enough the movie, ‘Ready Player One,’ almost seems to be a playoff of the 1980 Habitat.
In the 1300’s, before paper, tablets were made of clay, wax-covered wood, or a soft surface to write on. One generally used a stylus to etch words into the clay or soft surface. Interesting enough we still use a stylus to draw or write with on an electronic surface of light. How does this differ from medicine tablet? That’s another story.
I hope you found this reading interesting, it’s always fun to find hidden treasures that bring enlightenment and discovery. Because, in the end, it’s still about the story.