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MIPCOM Picks 2011: Decoding the World’s First Computer

This program follows the efforts of scientists to uncover the mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism, revealing surprising and awe-inspiring details of the ancient object that continues to mystify.
September 26, 2011

DECODING THE WORLD’S FIRST COMPUTER

Partners: Images First, distributed by Electric Sky

Length: 52 minutes

Airing: 2012

Rights available: Worldwide excluding Japan, France, Germany and Greece

In 1901, a group of divers near the island of Antikythera, off the Southern coast of Greece, found an ancient Roman shipwreck that uncovered many treasures, but the true value of one mysterious object – a lump of calcified stone that contained within it several gearwheels practically welded together by years under the sea – would be revealed by a 10-year effort by an international team of scientists. The 2,000-year-old object, no bigger than a modern laptop, is actually being regarded as the world’s oldest computer, devised to predict solar eclipses and, according to recent findings, calculate the timing of the ancient Olympics.

This program follows the efforts of scientists to uncover the mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism, revealing surprising and awe-inspiring details of the object that continues to mystify.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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