Several Hours of Code

The Hour of Code is a global initiative intended to demystify code (ie computer programming) and show that anybody can learn the basics. The idea is to get kids (or anyone, really) to do at least one hour of coding,  in a fun and relaxed way that many won’t even recognise as coding. This provides them with an…

Babbage cabbage

On the occasion of the impending closure of our iSpace exhibition, here’s a picture of the left hemisphere of the brain of Charles Babbage: How is this relevant? Well, Charles Babbage is credited with designing the first computer – a mechanical contraption that he never quite finished himself, but which eventually led to the development of…

A computer genius who changed our lives

Guest Post by Dr. Wulf Hofbauer, Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR. (Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect any official IMRE/A*STAR position.) After prolonged illness, a modern-times genius has passed away who broke new grounds in information technology and profoundly impacted the way we use computers. Dennis Ritchie was…