John Atanasov was born on October 4, 1903 in Hamilton, New York. It is the first of the 10 children in the family of Bulgarian immigrant from Yambol village Boyadzhik. In December 1939, together with his assistant Clifford Berry created the prototype of the first computing machine (EIM), finished in 1942 and named ABC (Atanasoff-Berry Computer).
Earned a bachelor’s degree at the State University of Florida (1925) MA – at Iowa State University (1926) and Doctor of Philosophy (physico-mathematical sciences) – University of Wisconsin (1930). Then he returned to Iowa State University in Ames city, where he worked until 1945, first as a professor of mathematics, and later – in physics.
In the late 30s he seeks to simplify the calculation (solving large systems of linear algebraic equations) needed for his research. Rejects analog machines as too slow and inaccurate and is based on the digital approach. In December 1939, together with his assistant Clifford Berry created the prototype of the first computing machine (EIM), finished in 1942.
At its creation using four completely new principle of action: The binary system, regenerative memory, logic circuits as elements of the program and electronic components such as data carriers.
After 1945, he devoted the rest of his professional life in many governmental and industrial projects, while managing two companies founded by him.
In 1941, John Atanasov accepted Mauchly, who was interested in his computer. What exactly happened then? It examines in detail the trial 26 years later, it was meant to clarify whether John Mauchly and John Presper Eckert had used illicit discovery Atanasov in the creation of the first (official long) electronic computer ENIAC in 1942-46, the Court, headed by Federal judge Earl R. Larson ruled strongly in favor of John Atanasov, who was named for the father of the computer!
“Eckert and Mauchly did not have invented the first automatic electronic digital computer, and have derived the basic idea of it by John Atanasov”. (from the conclusion of the court in Minneapolis, 1973)
In 1970, John Atanasov was invited to Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and has been awarded “Cyril and Methodius” – first degree. This is his first prize and public recognition. His second visit to the country in 1985
The greatest honors in my life John Atanasov received from the hands of President George Bush (father) – the National Medal of Science and Technology.
Scientist dies at 91 years old in 1995
6 predictions for the future of Google
David Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, much thought on our digital future. That’s probably not such a surprise for a man whose company largely shape people’s lives in the 21st century – from how to find information on how we use our phones.
A few days out of Schmidt’s new book he wrote with Jared Cohen, head of Google Ideas. In the book they describe what would be the world if everyone on the planet are connected digitally. Here are six of their views.
1. At school you will be taught classes Privacy
“Parents will need to be more concerned if they want their children to make mistakes on the internet that could harm their physical future. Children live significantly faster life online than physical maturity allows most parents will realize that the best way to help children is to explain to them the dangers of the Internet, as well as explain them about sex.
Some parents will even deliberately choose unique names or those who appear difficult to not leave their children in search engines, which could be a target. “
2. With the development of mobile Internet means that by 2020 the world will be online
Mobile phones are changing how people in developing countries receive and use information. Now has 650 million mobile phone users in Africa and Asia are nearly 3 billion.
3. News organizations will go out of business because they can not compete with the immediate sources such as Twitter
“Any future generation will be able to produce and consume more information than the previous one, and people will have less patience, abandoning the media, which are not sufficiently fast and relevant.
News organizations will remain a vital and important part of society in many ways, but most of them will not survive in its current form. Those who survive will have changed the objectives, methods and structures to respond to global change. “
4. Storing information online will radically change the concept of personal data
“The likelihood that any personal content will one day be published and distributed – accidentally or intentionally – will always exist. People will be held accountable for their virtual associations, past and present, creating a risk for all as online connections of people getting bigger and richer than the physical.
Because information wants to be free, do not write anything that you would like to be read to the court or printed in the newspaper as saying. This proverb will evolve in the future and will include not only spoken and written by you, but visited websites your friends on the internet, like in social networks, and what your friends say and share. “
5. More revolutions will erupt in nations with oppressive governments
“With new access to cyberspace and its technology, people and groups around the world will grab their moment in array of all repression against which earlier they were afraid. Many of these people will be young, not only because many of these countries have a very young population, but also because the combination of boldness and activism among young people is universal. “
6. More people will use the technology to terror, but the Internet will make it easier to find these terrorists
“Many of the populations which will go online in the next decade are very young and living in unstable regions with limited economic resources and a long history of internal and external struggle. Terrorism certainly will never go away and will continue its devastating effect.
But as terrorists in the future will have to live in physical and virtual world, their attempts to remain hidden and unnoticed will ever fail. There will be more digital eyes that make them look, more tracks and much careful the terrorists will never be able to hide completely online. “