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Non-electronic computers

jp_bl_68

Prominent Member
I was reading xkcd today when I stumbled across this comic:






Is there a special name for the type of computer system he has built, i.e. a computer that requires no electricity or microchips?

Does anyone know of any other non-electrical computer systems other than an abacus?
 
It takes a human to move the stuff around though, so it's still electrical. The turing machine is probably what you mean.
 

DPinBucks

Distinguished Member
...Is there a special name for the type of computer system he has built, i.e. a computer that requires no electricity or microchips?

Does anyone know of any other non-electrical computer systems other than an abacus?
Yes, they're called adding machines, tabulators, slide rules, log tables, protein brains, etc.

Eg:

This

or

This
 

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