Synopsis by Alice Duncan
By the 1960s, a computer had been developed that could guide a spacecraft to the moon. By the 1970s, the personal computer had become an accepted notion and individual hackers had become more prevalent. Over the years, computers have become increasingly able to handle complex problems such as predicting and analyzing wind-force and volcanic eruptions, solving complex engineering problems in the design of bridges and buildings, and even identifying and solving problems involved in creating new computers to outdate and obviate themselves. This program explores the burgeoning abilities of computers and examines the development and production of increasingly fast and powerful computers over the last few decades. A look is also taken at the origins and inspirations of the Apple Computer company. This is the second volume of the six-part Computer Revolution video series, which explores the origins and development of computers, discusses important innovations (up to 1990, when the documentary was made), and considers the computer's place in society. Other programs in the series include Birth of the Computer, High Speed/High Performance, Data as Power, The Next Frontier and Artificial Intelligence, Real Problems.