Computer perspective

10 minutes

A jazzy 1972 history of the computer, from the designers Charles and Ray Eames

Far from being any single inventor’s grand stroke of genius, the modern computer is the result of work by many individuals with disparate motivations over decades. Using as its backdrop an exhibition that ran at the IBM Corporate Exhibit Center between 1971 and 1975, this classic 1972 short documentary by the legendary husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames explores how shifting economic pressures and small-scale breakthroughs drove the development of modern computing and the information age.

Director: Charles Eames, Ray Eames

Narrator: Gregory Peck

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