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Working on ENIAC: The Lost Labors of the Information Age

The largest part of the ENIAC team by far were the peo­ple that were actu­ally build­ing the thing. And it’s inter­est­ing they’ve been for­got­ten by his­tory, because although their job titles were wire­men, tech­ni­cians, and assem­blers, being a busi­ness his­to­rian I looked up the account­ing records, and some­times they spell out the pay­roll. You sud­denly see all these women’s names like Ruth, Jane, Alice, Dorothy, Caroline, Eleanor show­ing up.

How to Knit a Popular History of Media

Morse code knit­ting is a com­po­nent of a larg­er study that I’m doing on the cul­ture of bina­ry sys­tems across many cen­turies. One premise of that his­tor­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tion is that the pow­er­ful adapt­abil­i­ty of bina­ry sys­tems is revealed part­ly through their diver­si­ty.