William Seward Burroughs

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William Seward Burroughs

  1. 1. “I wish to God thesecalculations had been Charles Babbage, 1821
  2. 2. William Seward BurroughsDetroit’s Steampunk Inventor
  3. 3. World Steam Expo 2011Today’s Adventure: William Seward Burroughs I 19th Century Information & Innovation Burroughs’ Solution & Alternatives Rise of the Information Industry
  4. 4. William Seward Burroughs
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  7. 7. William Seward Burroughs
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  11. 11. William Seward Burroughs
  12. 12. William Seward Burroughs
  13. 13. William Seward Burroughs
  14. 14. William Seward Burroughs
  15. 15. William Seward Burroughs
  16. 16. 17th - 19th Century I.T.Technology Focus: Digital Mathematics Mechanical computationRoads not traveled: Logarithms and sliderules Abaci and Asian numeracy Analog computation
  17. 17. Mechanical Computation: Roots 1594: Lord John Napier “Napier Bones” (Scotland) 1623: Prof. Wilhelm Schikard “Calculating Clock” (Tübingen) 1642: Blaise Pascal “Pascaline” (Paris) 1646: Sir Thomas Brown “Computer” (London)
  18. 18. Mechanical Computation: Roots
  19. 19. The Pascaline, and descendants
  20. 20. The Pascaline, and descendants
  21. 21. The Pascaline, and descendants
  22. 22. The Pascaline, and descendants
  23. 23. The Pascaline, and descendants
  24. 24. The Pascaline, and descendants
  25. 25. The Pascaline, and descendants
  26. 26. Mechanical I.T. - ChallengesBugs in the tablesBugs in the worksBugs in pebkacBugs in ledgersIndustry acceptanceAudit trails
  27. 27. Mechanical I.T. - ChallengesBugs in ledgers
  28. 28. Babbage
  29. 29. Babbage
  30. 30. Babbage
  31. 31. Babbage
  32. 32. Babbage
  33. 33. Babbage
  34. 34. Babbage
  35. 35. Babbage
  36. 36. Business/Societal Challenges
  37. 37. Business/Societal ChallengesPoliticsWarEconomicsGoverningBusinessTaxesRevolution
  38. 38. Business/Societal ChallengesPolitics Power and moneyWar Access to resourcesEconomics Capital and choiceGoverning Counting headsBusiness Counting moneyTaxes AccountingRevolution Reapportionment
  39. 39. Why Burroughs?
  40. 40. Why Burroughs?
  41. 41. Why Burroughs?
  42. 42. Why Burroughs?
  43. 43. Why Burroughs?
  44. 44. Why Burroughs?
  45. 45. Why Burroughs?
  46. 46. Why Burroughs?
  47. 47. Why Burroughs?
  48. 48. Burroughs’ InnovationCarry mechanism: PascalStepped cylinder: LeibnitzAutomated I/O: AuchSequence of calculations: Babbage“Arithmometer”: de Colmar
  49. 49. Burroughs’ Obsession
  50. 50. Burroughs’ Obsession
  51. 51. Burroughs’ Business
  52. 52. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co
  53. 53. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co1888: First 50 “Registering Accountant” machines
  54. 54. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co1888: First 50 “Registering Accountant” machines1889: Oil-filled dash-pot solution
  55. 55. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co1888: First 50 “Registering Accountant” machines1889: Oil-filled dash-pot solution1891: Second 100 machines
  56. 56. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co1888: First 50 “Registering Accountant” machines1889: Oil-filled dash-pot solution1891: Second 100 machines1893: Expansion in St. Louis
  57. 57. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co1888: First 50 “Registering Accountant” machines1889: Oil-filled dash-pot solution1891: Second 100 machines1893: Expansion in St. Louis1895: Lord Kelvin’s pronouncement
  58. 58. Burroughs’ Business1886: American Arithmometer Co1888: First 50 “Registering Accountant” machines1889: Oil-filled dash-pot solution1891: Second 100 machines1893: Expansion in St. Louis1895: Lord Kelvin’s pronouncement1897: Third 5,000 machines
  59. 59. Burroughs’ Business
  60. 60. Burroughs’ Business
  61. 61. Rise of the Information Industry Pascal, 1642 Jacquard, 1804 Babbage, 1821 Ritty, 1879 NCR, 1884 American Butz, 1885 Arithmometer, 1886 Hollerith, 1889 Burroughs, 1898 Honeywell, 1906 C-T-R, 1911 Sperry, 1910Watson defectsto IBM, 1914 IBM, 1924
  62. 62. Burroughs Legacy
  63. 63. Burroughs Legacy1897: Burroughs wins the John Scott LegacyMedal for inventing the Arithmometer
  64. 64. Burroughs Legacy1897: Burroughs wins the John Scott LegacyMedal for inventing the Arithmometer1898: William Seward Burroughs dies
  65. 65. Burroughs Legacy1897: Burroughs wins the John Scott LegacyMedal for inventing the Arithmometer1898: William Seward Burroughs dies1899: Company renamed“Burroughs Adding Machine Company”
  66. 66. Burroughs Legacy1897: Burroughs wins the John Scott LegacyMedal for inventing the Arithmometer1898: William Seward Burroughs dies1899: Company renamed“Burroughs Adding Machine Company”1904: Company relocated to Detroit
  67. 67. Burroughs Legacy
  68. 68. Burroughs is now UNiSYS Remington Rifle 1816 Remington Typewriter American 1873 Rand Kardex Arithmometer 1886 Visible Ledger Sperry Gyroscope 1898 1910 Remington Rand Merger Burroughs ships 1927Millionth machine EMCC’s 1928 ENIAC 1946 Sperry acquires EMCC 1950 Sperry Rand Burroughs Merger acquires Sperry 1955 1986
  69. 69. Thank You!
  70. 70. Thank You!
  71. 71. “I wish to God thesecalculations had been Charles Babbage, 1821

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