[SIGCIS-Members] Oy! Another crazy computer history claim

Evan Koblentz evan at snarc.net
Fri Oct 16 12:26:12 PDT 2015

NY's Metropolitan Transit Authority -- the people who runs the subways, 
trains, and buses -- hired a tour guide for Grand Central Station who's 
saying that the terminal's circa-1913 electromechanical signaling system 
is "the first electronic computer".

Who was the chief engineer, Shiva Ayyadurai?

This story is very unfortunately in Gothamist -- a very popular NYC 
site. I shudder to think how many people now accept it as fact.


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