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Did you know? The word used to refer to a human, who carried out calculations or computations! Especially women were often computers, because of the lower salary...

> A female computer, with microscope and calculator

from today's perspective

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@martin Yip, they had dual processing as well (sitting at different table rows), and something similar to checksums (because it was mostly accounting work).

Comes from latin 'computare', meaning 'someone who calculates things'.

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Of course women were the original "computers". That's how multi-tasking and parallel processing began!

@martin actually, I did. Couple years ago I conducted a workshop for kids about computer and open source software/hardware. I learned it then 🤓

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