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Transmuting Garbage In so you Don’t Get Garbage Out

September 4, 2012 No Comments

In his book, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher, Charles Babbage wrote ‘On two occasions I have been asked, “Pray, Mr Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.’

Garbage Lives On

Babbage, who lived in the 19th century, was the first computer inventor, though his designs were a far cry from the sophisticated technology we have today. But the concept of ‘garbage in, garbage out’, or GIGO in techno-jargon, still causes us problems that we need to overcome.

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