If you translate “Hello! How are you?” to binary code, it looks like this: 01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100001 00100000 01001000 01101111 01110111 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00111111

This episode takes a look at how computers can do so much with such tiny parts. But computers weren't always small -- so we take a look at where computers came from. We visit Ada Lovelace, whose love of math and weaving paved the way for modern-day computers. And we hear about the material that let computers shrink from the size of a room to something that fits in our pockets. There’s also a visit from a yak and a ram, but you’re just going to have to listen to find out why.

All that plus a new Mystery Sound and Moment of Um that answers the question: what is the flavor of root beer?

Eniac
7th November 1946: A utility model of the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), being built at Welwyn Garden City by Dr Andrew Donald Booth. ENIAC was hailed as the world's first programmable electronic computer.
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Computers
4th March 1965: English Electric's super computer Leo III, a computer that takes up a whole room!
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Microchip
1971: A microprocessor developed by Toshiba, a 5.5mm x 5.9 silicone chip used in Japan's first microcomputer.
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