03 Oct 1994 12:00

Their history, from the Antikythera machine, primitive automata and simulacra through Babbage to today. Effects on society, art, thought. The new idea that Nature is in some sense "computational" (which strikes me as either obvious or absurd, depending on how we take the term). Utopian hopes and apocalyptic fears. Programming.

See also: Computation, Automata and Langauges; Programming; Computer Networks; Biological Computers; Information Technology Before the Electronic Computer; The Information Society and the Information Economy; Computers in Education