Slog Quiz: What Was the First Piece of Art Made on a Computer?

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haha OF COURSE
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@1 My thoughts exactly.
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What else would a computer programmer in the 50s make?
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We were still using Hollerith cards when I was working on the mainframe at Harvard (no, I did not attend the university) in 1987, complete with almost-as-ancient jokes about dropping the box of them.
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Nailed it.
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Our local IBM sales office used to sponsor a data-processing Explorer post and would let us take the smallest System/3, a Model 6 if memory serves, to public expos. The thing had a console with keyboard, line printer, monochrome monitor, and two disk drives with sealed disk cartridges about 18" in diameter that probably held something like 256kb. It must have weighed a thousand pounds.

We'd crank out copy after copy of Mona Lisa ASCII art for booth visitors. Ooo! Computing!

(ca. late 1970s)
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Haha, got it in one. (I knew because institutional misogyny.) Guess what the cannonical standard test image is? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenna
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Well that was easy.
Interesting how many voted for the Mona Lisa. You folks are so hopeful! That's cute.
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Computers used for porn?
I'm shocked! Shocked! I tell you.
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@7, or was it internalized misandry? But seriously sexy ladies are awesome.
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@8 I thought it would be some sort of a test image and therefore would have to be one that everyone was familiar with.

Also, it looks like a lot of people didn't cheat (by peeking at the article). Yay, honesty.
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I knew it! That's what technology is for.
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Kind of amazing how far computing has come in one generation. The guy in the photo was the same age as my dad was at the time, and I'm posting this from my phone that probably has more computing power than the $238 million computer in the story..