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100 years of IBM


100 years of IBM


Technology firm IBM has celebrated its 100th birthday by releasing both a book and film to mark the occasion.

Founded on the 16 June 1911, International Business Machines brought together contemporary technology – like the computing scale and the dial recorder.

The company later went on to help to the US government track the money collected to pay pensions. IBM’s Vice President, Bernie Meyerson explained with pride: “Imagine what Social Security would be like if you had to collect 30, 40 million pieces of paper and track them. It’s physically impossible. So IBM was challenged. We actually have systems that sort punch cards, that store all the data about a person on a card which can then be sorted automatically by a machine at very high speed. That’s a game changer.”

IBM has been involved in a wide variety of technological innovations, including corrective eye surgery and even the US Space Shuttle Programme. However, it is best known for computers, launching its first portable computer in 1975.

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