Sunday, June 26, 2011

Computer and the Mother

May be it was 1968/1969, an expert on computers of those days and artificial intelligence, Frank Mathur from USA, started a course on computers in our school.

A computer was made by all the components that he had brought from USA. It was a huge block of 1,5m x 1.2m. Taking upstairs to show the Mother was very cumbersome with the narrow staircase as all of you must have noticed.

I hadn't actually gone up. I have heard it from my younger brother Rasesh who was very much involved in it. It had probably a few thousand switches
and everywhere manually wires were plugged. It did look impressive but compared to the present days PC it would compare to a baby in the womb of a mother.

Mother - (seeing it ) Oh, this looks complicated !

Then came the time of demonstration to the Mother.

To the chagrin of everybody, everything went haywire. Nothing seemed to be working. Instead, some strange signals started coming on the monitor. Poor Frank was all in perspiration.

Mother was of course as usual smiling. Then She said:

This is not your fault . I just experimented to see whether this machine 

was capable of receiving and retransmitting the signals that I was 
sending from my side. I see that it is responding.

                                                                                   - Srikant


Tusar N Mohapatra said...

In his famous speech in the Loksabha against gigantism during the special session commemorating Golden Jubilee of the Independence of India, former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao had observed that he saw a computer for the first time in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry. [TNM55]

Lode said...

That's a nice story Srikant, even plausible, but coming from you....with your propensity to manufacture stories.....also a little doubtful....!