CARDIAC cardboard computer simulator

I have been meaning to post this for a while.

In the sixties bell labs made a cardboard “computer simulator” which was designed to explain how computers work.

There are quite a few resources for recreating this device and I think it should be used a lot more widely than it is now, and I wonder if something like this would still be used after our industrial civilisation has inevitably kicked the bucket.

https://www.instructables.com/id/CARDIAC-CARDboard-Illustrative-Aid-to-C...

ClareBroommaker's picture

No way did I have any computer instruction in school, but, wow does that look familiar-- something from way back in the recesses of my mind.

Blueberry's picture

Clare kinda like the punched card. That goes backed to my youth writing programs in Fortan an Cobol. Some info on punched cards. https://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/punchcard/ The good old days locked in a secure room with a IBM 360/370 system.

Justin Patrick Moore's picture

My wife is reading the Difference Engine just now by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling. Maybe things like the CARDIAC and Charles Babbage's machine will be a going concern in declining society, a deindustrialized world.