Tech History Today – Jan. 7

In 1714 – Henry Mill patented a machine for transcribing letters “one after another, as in writing”. Sadly, he died before he perfected the first typewriter.

In 1839 – Louis Daguerre made the first announcement of his photographic system at the Académie des Sciences in Paris, though details were not presented until August of that year.

In 1954 – In New York at IBM headquarters, IBM and Georgetown University showed off their joint project on machine translation. More than 60 sentences were translated from Russian to English using 8 grammar rules.

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