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Augmented-Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

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Chapter 3

When Computers Disappear

“Information technology grows exponentially, basically doubling every year. What used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket, and what fits in your pocket today will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years’ time.”

Ray Kurzweil, 2009

At the height of World War II, Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park team had just developed the first programmable electronic digital computer, designed specifically to assist British codebreakers with cryptanalysis of Lorenz ciphers. The German Lorenz rotor stream cipher machines were widely used during the war by the German army to send encrypted messages and dispatches. The Colossus Mark I became operational on 5th February 1944. An improved version of the Colossus (the Mark ...

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