James Acklin | 03.26.16
D&S artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington was profiled in this piece by James Acklin, who participated in her workshop on the Architectural History of Computation.
ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the US Army and to calculate the feasibility of a thermonuclear weapon. The computer was so large, because the technology so primitive, that people had to stand in a room to operate it. In our modern day and age, we carry around slick, mirrored slabs with supercomputers packed into them. But, in Ingrid’s words, “the computers haven’t gotten smaller–the room has just gotten bigger.”