World’s earliest computer used for love poetry!

By | March 11, 2009

The first task for the world’s earliest computer – the Manchester-built Mark One – was to compose romantic verse.

After creating the Mark One’s small-scale prototype, the Baby Computer, in 1948, Manchester University scientists earned world-wide fame.

Then dozens of pioneer software programs were specially written, only to be lost over time.

But German academic David Ward has turned up a light-hearted love-poetry generator program written by Manchester scientist Christopher Strachey in 1952 to test the machine’s ability to randomly select information.

Ward, a German computer ‘archaeologist’ unearthed the program while researching Strachey’s papers at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and then spent three months creating his own version of the ‘software.’

His website allows visitors to generate their own random ‘poetry’.

Also, the expert has created a working replica of the One ‘Baby’ computer which will run the love letter programme for an exhibition in Germany.

via CafeTerra: World’s earliest computer used for love poetry!.

The random love poems generated by this program are more like short strange love letters. I got this one:

DARLING SWEETHEART
YOU ARE MY SEDUCTIVE APPETITE: MY LOVABLE APPETITE. MY ADORABLE ARDOUR TENDERLY LUSTS FOR YOUR LUST. MY DEVOTED LONGING EAGERLY TREASURES YOUR EAGERNESS. YOU ARE MY LOVESICK CHARM.
YOURS FONDLY
M. U. C.

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