The DesignSpark Podcast

S1 E3 - Computer Programming: “The first computer bug was a moth”

September 16, 2018

Former Robot Wars judge and DesignSpark blogger Dr Lucy Rogers is joined by comedians Bec Hill and Harriet Braine for the History Makers podcast, where they explore modern technology and the people throughout history who have made it all possible.

In episode three, the trio discusses whether computer programming is our salvation or damnation. Dr Lucy explains the origins of programming, “robot” Harriet uses her databanks to bring a maker from history to life and Bec works out whether C++ really is Fortran's evil cousin or just her best ever maths score.

So set your ears to receive and your mind to blown for History Makers!

Featured Maker: Grace Hopper

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