Land of the Pi People: England’s Bold Attempt to Revive Its Tech Industry

Episode 7: Once a computing pioneer, England has struggled to remain relevant in tech. Now, thanks to a handful of booming products, a revival appears to be on the way. By Ashlee Vance | September 28, 2016 From In 1943, England appeared poised to become a computing superpower. A team of engineers working at Bletchley Park built something called Colossus, the first programmable, electronic computer. Filled with vacuum tubes, the room-size machine whirred away day and night working to crack coded German messages during World War II and did a remarkably good job. Thousands of lives were saved thanks to Colossus, which helped end the war. A replica of Colossus. Source: Bloomberg Colossus emerged after decades of deep thinking by inventors trying to come up with a working computer. In…


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