Silk woven portrait of Joseph-Marie Jacquard, woven by Michel-Marie Carquillat on a Jacquard loom - France, 1839.
The program for this weave required Carquillat to encode ~24,000 Jacquard punch cards.
The image is fine detailed enough to capture detail like the translucency of the curtains over the window.
This achievement was one of the main things that later convinced Babbage to use punch cards for his Analytical Engine, cascading into actual use in computing later on.
Dear sweet gods below. That's gorgeous.
Kinda makes me wanna stomp on toes when I hear programmers dismissing worthwhile goals as too much work. It's the people willing to do wild shit that pushes things forward.
@polychrome The dithering is so cool! It's basically the very first JPEG.
Seriously though, I find it fascinating that this is (essentially) an image file that predates any computer.
@drewzero1 much of the ideas and building blocks that makes up our modern technology has been around for longer than we think!
Electronics were like.. the final piece of the puzzle for the big leap forward~
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