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The state of the art

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The dizzying pace of technological change is so ingrained into our consciousness, it is impossible to remember what was considered “the state of the art” as recently as a few decades ago. Consider the first practical computer – the room sized, vacuum tube ENIAC. In the years since its creation in 1946, the power of perhaps a million ENIACs has shrunk to an attractive package that comfortably fits in a briefcase. In such a 21st century laptop, with its multiple processors and gigabytes of memory, there is rarely any thought given to its internal complexity.

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(2010). The state of the art. In: O’Brien, F. (eds) The Apollo Guidance Computer. Springer Praxis Books. Praxis. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0877-3_1

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