The ENIAC should be made whole; re-united and reconstructed
The ENIAC should be a premier tourist spot in Philadelphia
The ENIAC is the most important invention/artifact of the 20th century.
Where is it now?
After ten years of service as the fastest machine in the world, the ENIAC was retired and cut into pieces. Some went to the Smithsonian, some remained with the Army in Aberdeen, and some went back to the University of Pennsylvania, where it was originally built. Some were junked.
Like the Liberty Bell, the ENIAC is the icon of a revolution. The original “Giant Electronic Brain” is a sight to behold – and yet you can not. Elsewhere, many lesser computers are in museum; but only a small piece of the ENIAC is on display - in a gun museum in Maryland. The original pieces of the ENIAC must be reclaimed, borrowed, or reconstructed, to make it whole again, for the first time in 50 years. When visiting Philadelphia, people will say “Let’s go see the ENIAC.”
It’s Got it All
What would it take?
An institution to give it a home. Franklin Institute? Convention Center?
Some sponsorship. (Presumably from the trillion dollar computer industry)
Cooperation of Smithsonian, Penn, and Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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