World’s first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, ‘started up’ in 178 B.C., scientists claim

The mysterious Antikythera mechanism, considered by some to be the world’s initial computer, was first “commenced up” on Dec. 22, 178 B.C., archaeologists have now uncovered.

Found out by sponge divers in a Roman-period shipwreck near the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901, the elaborate historic laptop or computer, which seems to be like a shoebox-sizing contraption with gears and dials that have a lot of tiny inscriptions penned on them, could predict eclipses and decide when numerous athletic games took place, amongst other features.