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The most sophisticated technology of today is on a mission to discover one of the past's most astounding relics. Namely, the oldest computer in the world.
2,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks built a piece of machinery called the Antikythera mechanism. First recovered by divers a century ago, scientists believe that it is the world's first analog computer. This September, researchers are launching a mission to recover the rest of the relic with the deep-sea Exosuit, a 530 pound wearable submarine. First developed to look for deep-sea life, the suit allows divers to stay underwater at depths of up to 1,000 feet for extended periods of time.
Its underwater treasure, the Antikythera mechanism, is an ancient machine designed to predict eclipses and make astronomical calculations. Scientists believe that it was first developed in 1st century BC.
Technology of this sophistication was not seen again until the 14th century, when Europeans built astronomical clocks. (Guess the human race just got lazy for 1,400 years.) Either way, it seems pretty fitting that the finest tech of our time is on mission to discover the ancient past.
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