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History of Automation: May 27, 1969 – Disneyworld Begins Construction, Building Framework for Automated Cities

Today in 1969, construction began on a theme park project that is still ongoing and alive today on land purchased incrementally by Disney for the better part of a decade. Disney World included more space and attractions than Disneyland and also included parks, hotels, and picnic areas. Continue reading

History of Automation: The first Machine Patent in the New World, March 1646

“The Cort, considering the necessity of raising such manufactures of engines of mils to go by water, for speedy dispatch of much worke with few hands, & being sufficiently informed of the ability of the petions to pforme such workes, grant his petition (yt no othr pson shall set up or use any such new invention or trade for fourteen yeares, without the licence of him, the said Joseph Jenkes” Continue reading

History of Automation: February 19 1878 – Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph and Leads Innovation in Recorded Data

On this day in 1878, Thomas Edison patented the Phonograph, a device that designed to record and reproduce audio recordings. The phonograph utilized audio recorded by recreating audio vibrations in corresponding physical deviations of a spiral groove engraved, etched, incised, or impressed into the surface of a rotating cylinder or disc. The earliest versions of the phonograph used embossed tin or wax cylinders, but later development led to etched discs that became the vinyl “records” still in use today. Continue reading

History of Automation: Water Clocks – Water as Automation and an Alternate Energy Source

For millennia, humans have been using water as an energy source. There are early examples of hydropower, where energy could be created by attaching a paddlewheel to a device to harness the rotary power provided by the energy of flowing water. Millers have used this technique for thousands of years to refine grains. Other, more novel ideas have been used over the centuries to use the properties of water to advantage. Continue reading

The History of Automation: The Hollerith Tabulating Machine

There have been many examples of early computers, but one of the earliest devices to use an early form of programmable logic was the Hollerith Tabulating Machine, which was designed to aid in tabulating the 1890 census results. This very early computer used cards with punched holes, and a wire passed through them to a cup of mercury. The opening and closing of the circuit represented an early binary logic. In 1924, Hollerith’s Tabulating Machine Co., and two other firms were consolidated into International Business Machines. Continue reading