An Ancient Start for Operating Systems and Software
The simple definition of a computer is an electronic device used to process information in the form of numbers or signals. Surely the people of ancient times, who around 440 BCE created a prototype “counter”, did not expect that today we would operate computers with interfaces pleasing to the eye. The same was true later, of the English cryptographer and mathematician Adam Turing, who probably never imagined that computers would have software.
The Turing machine is considered to have been one of the first abstract computer models. The scientist developed its operation in the late 1930s and 40s. At the height of computer development, in the 1970s and 80s, developers quickly realised that society would have great difficulty mastering the operation of what were in those days huge pieces of equipment. One component was the monitor, with its simple display of white letters on a black background. The decision was taken to create an operating system, the use of which would make use simpler and largely intuitive. It is probably thanks to this that computers have conquered almost the whole world, and can today be found in virtually every home.