Happy Birthday Baby! The First Computer To Use Memory

Decades ago, early computers ran their instructions by either having them hardwired into the machine or by using an external media like punch tape. Sixty five years ago today all that changed when the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine ran one stored in memory.

The machine was nicknamed "Baby" and became the first computer to run instructions electronically stored in memory, along with the data, which could be altered automatically during the course of computation.

Don't be deceived by the name Baby as the machine was more than 5 meters long (about 17 feet) and weighed a ton (over 2000 pounds). There is nothing left of the experimental machine, but a working replica can be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

I know that NextPowerUp is all about today's latest tech, but it's always good to take a moment to remember the roots of where all the cool tech we use today started. Props to Google for the little walk down memory lane.