Gov. & the machine(s) we love

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Fri Oct 30 19:50:17 CDT 2015

> On Oct 30, 2015, at 1:40 PM, Murray McCullough <c.murray.mccullough at> wrote:
> What is the role played by the U.S. gov. in helping to create the
> microcomputer? What money & expertise did it provide?  

Interesting question.  Supposedly some of the impetus for integrated circuits came from the space program -- but I think the first ones (at TI) predate that.  And the first microcomputer, the Intel 4004, was as far as I remember built to be the engine of a calculator.

So chances are that various government programs helped at the margins, but were not drivers.


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