Love letters written by the Ferranti Mark 1 computer.

Love letters written by the Ferranti Mark 1 computer.

first page of Strachey's The Thinking Machine
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Christopher Strachey Programs the Ferranti Mark I to Write Love Letters

10/1954
<p>Early computer print-out showing a portrait of Christopher Strachey. Bodleian Library, Oxford.</p>

Early computer print-out showing a portrait of Christopher Strachey. Bodleian Library, Oxford.

In the October 1954 issue of the journal Enounter (pp. 25-31) British computer scientist Christopher Strachey published "The 'Thinking' Machine."  Strachey's paper included two love letters written by the Ferranti Mark I computer at the University of Manchester running a program which he had written. This represented the first use of a computer to write literary texts.

Herzogenrath & Nierhoff-Wielk, Ex Machina-Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979. . . . Ex Machina- Early Computer Graphics to 1979 (2007) 229.

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