The story of amazing methods of ancient Ethiopian calculation first broke on BBC 4, and this story led Addis Admass to write a story titled ‘’Ethiopians claimed to be the inventors of computers,” but a genuine look at the documentary can construct magnificently different conclusion
The writer took a brief conclusion of a four minuet report which reads as follows “It is this system (methods of Ethiopian calculation) that powers today’s’ computers…… The solution they (Ethiopians) came up with is central to the way we live today. The ways they perform that calculation is almost exactly the same with the working method of a computer. Amazingly it seems centuries before the invention of computers Ethiopian traders crack the code that lies behind the modern the age
The article in the newspaper has tried to present this brief conclusion of a four minute documentary in a positive light, or distract the reader from the fact that we Ethiopians never invented computer. Here is the video for those who have not seen the video.
This is a classic example of how popular science is often triumphalist, presenting simple facts as a set of completed answers, when in reality much of what gets published makes mess,
For me this report is just spin. But I am not saying that this method of ancient Ethiopian calculation is not appreciable. I am saying claiming to have invented computer however requires a bigger research and some serious investigation.
I believe there is no enforcement to believe for any of this claims, everyone is free to ignore it, and commonly enough – as with newspapers, politicians, and quacks – uncomfortable facts are cheerfully spun away. But how long will Ethiopians continue to be the first in every innovation?