When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/14/when-computers-were-young.html


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While referring to a person as a “computer” may sound odd to our ears, remember that 100 years ago, the word “typewriter” referred to both the machine, and the person trained to operate it.


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So here’s the thing. Not just black women. Just women.


http://women.nasa.gov/humancomputers/


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That photo looks like the antithesis of the recent crop of GOP interns.


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And then robots took their jobs.


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Not really “lost” history, more like “ignored.”


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But the other thing is when last I saw an article on BB about the early NASA computers and computer programmers who are women, it was just white women. If I go back to that article’s comments, am I going to see your complaint about its one-sidedness?


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