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Archive for June 2011

IBM Invented… What?

IBM is celebrating 100 years of business this year. They started in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company and in 1924 changed their name to the forward thinking International Business Machines. Here’s a look at some of thier innovations and inventions you may not be aware of:

  • 1936 – Worked with the U.S. government to start Social Security
  • 1962 – IBM and American Airlines launch SABRE, the world’s first computer driven airline reservation system.
  • 1969 – Magnetic strips on credit cards.
  • 1973 – UPC bar codes.
  • 1980 – Granted the first patent for LASIK surgery technology.
  • 1984 – By the mid 80’s, IBM computers understood 5,000 spoken words at 95% accuracy.

Where would we be today without IBM? Where will be be tomorrow with their continued growth and contributions?


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