USC
University of Southern California
  • Alan Turing

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    To unlock, log in.

    Alan Mathison Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation” with the Turing machine, which played a significant role in the creation of the [...]

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  • Antikythera Mechanism

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    Earn this special reward through persistence.

    The Antikythera mechanism (pronounced /ˌæntɨkɨˈθɪərə/ ANT-i-ki-THEER-ə or pronounced /ˌæntɨˈkɪθərə/ ANT-i-KITH-ə-rə) is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck. Its significance and complexity were not understood until decades later. Its time of construction is now estimated between 150 and 100 BCE. [...]

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  • Arpanet

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    The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) , was the world’s first operational packet switching network and the core network of a set that came to compose the global Internet. The network was created by a small research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) [...]

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  • Charles Babbage

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    To unlock, write a comment on a post.

    Charles Babbage , (26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer. Considered a “father of the computer”, Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex [...]

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  • Colossal Cave Adventure

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    Create a new topic in any group forum.

    Colossal Cave Adventure (also known as ADVENT, Colossal Cave, or Adventure) was the first computer adventure game. It was originally designed by Will Crowther, a programmer and caving enthusiast who based the layout on part of the Mammoth Cave system in Kentucky. The Colossal Cave subnetwork has many entrances, [...]

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  • Create Optimal Player Experience

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    Play test your own game in the USC Game Usability Lab. Use the equipment and test your game.

    Join the Playtesters Group to get involved and learn how to access the Playtesting database to find users!

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  • Douglas Engelbart

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    Update your profile.

    Douglas Carl Engelbart (born January 30, 1925) is an American inventor and early computer pioneer. He is best known for inventing the computer mouse, as a pioneer of human-computer interaction whose team developed hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to GUIs; and as a committed and vocal proponent of the development and use of computers [...]

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  • ENIAC

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    Send or reply to a private message.

    ENIAC (pronounced /ˈɛni.æk/), short for Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, was the first general-purpose electronic computer. It was a Turing-complete digital computer capable of being reprogrammed to solve a full range of computing problems. When ENIAC was announced in 1946 it was heralded in the press as a “Giant [...]

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  • Hedy Lamarr

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    A bonus for frequent bloggers.

    Hedy Lamarr (pronounced /ˈhɛdi/; November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-American actress. Though known primarily for her film career as a major contract star of MGM’s “Golden Age”, Lamarr was also a scientist, inventor and mathematician who co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications, a key to many [...]

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  • Indie Spirit

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    To unlock, attend IndieCade. Save your ticket and message @admin to receive your achievement.

    IndieCade is the International Festival of Independent Games, held annually in Culver City. The festival is a celebration of independent game design and literally takes over the city’s down town area, filling the galleries, café’s and parks with evocative and playful works of [...]

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  • Indie Superstar

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    Enter a game in the IndieCade Festival. Copy the text from your submission confirmation email and send it in a message to @admin to receive your achievement.

    The best way to support indie games is to make one! Every year, hundreds of submissions are evaluated by the IndieCade jury. Don’t be dissuaded, though, you may be the next winner [...]

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  • Indie Supporter

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    To unlock, volunteer to work at the IndieCade Festival or support the festival in other key roles (jurist, advisor, etc.) Keep your volunteer credentials and message @admin to receive your achievement.

    The community around independent games is a strong, vibrant and interesting one. Comprised of designers and player, publishers and pundits, find your place among the many voices [...]

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  • Lady Lovelace

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    To unlock, publish a blog post.

    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is sometimes portrayed as the “World’s First Computer Programmer”.

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  • Marshall McLuhan

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    To unlock, favorite an item.

    Herbert Marshall McLuhan , (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in [...]

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  • Morton Heilig

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    Post 5 updates in the 511 group.

    Morton Heilig (December 22, 1926 – May 14, 1997) was a thought-leader in Virtual Reality (VR). He applied his cinematographer experience and with the help of his partner developed the Sensorama over several years from 1957, patenting it in 1962. It was big, bulky, and shaped like a 1980-ish arcade [...]

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  • Mosaic

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    Create a group.

    Mosaic is the web browser credited with popularizing the World Wide Web. It was also a client for earlier protocols such as FTP, NNTP, and gopher. Its clean, easily understood user interface, reliability, Windows port and simple installation all contributed to making it the application that opened up the Web to the general public. [...]

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  • MUD1

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    Reply to any group forum topic.

    Multi-User Dungeon , or MUD (referred to as MUD1, to distinguish it from its successor, MUD2, and the MUD genre in general) is the first MUD and the oldest virtual world in existence. It was created in 1978 by Roy Trubshaw at Essex University on a DEC PDP-10 in the UK, using [...]

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  • Pantograph

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    To unlock, update your avatar.

    A pantograph (from Greek roots παντ- ‘all, every’ and γραφ- ‘to write’, from their original use for copying writing) is a mechanical linkage connected in a special manner based on parallelograms so that the movement of one specified point accurately mimicks the movement of another point. If a line drawing is traced by [...]

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  • Playtester

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    To unlock, join the Playtesters Group.

    Don’t forget to add your name to the Playtester Database by clicking here.

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  • Recursion

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    Suggest an Achievement in the Achievements Dev group.

    Recursion is the process of repeating items in a self-similar way. For instance, when the surfaces of two mirrors are exactly parallel with each other the nested images that occur are a form of infinite recursion. The term has a variety of meanings specific to a variety of disciplines ranging [...]

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