Etyczny wymiar przemilczania faktów
Ethical Dimension of Leaving Facts Unsaid
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In Poland there is a common opinion that the creators of the first digital computer were J. P. Eckert and J. W. Mauchly, who constructed the ENIAC in 1945 and started it in the Pennsylvania University. There is no information that the abovementioned constructors were deprived of patent rights by the verdict of the Minneapolis court from 19.10.1973 (Sperry Round vs Honeywell case). In the sentence proclaimed by a federal judge Earl R. Larson you can re- ad that while constructing the ENIAC the basic idea worked out by John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry was used without referring to it. The paper describes the origin of the ABC – Atanasoff Berry Computer and turns attention to the ethical dimension of depriving the University of Iowa, where the described construction came into being, of the “victor’s palm”.
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