May 20, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Ancient Greeks Used 2000-Year Old Computer To Predict Future

Apr 10, 2017 10:24 AM EDT

A recent research has found a 2000-year-old astronomical device, whose approximate age dates back to 60 BC Ancient Greece. Researchers claim that the device was more like a computer that could read the future.

According to the Independent, the device, assumed to be the oldest analog computer, is dubbed the Antikythera Mechanism. It was discovered in a shipwreck in 1901 from a Greek Island of the same name. The remains of the ancient device have been joined together for the last 12 years with the help of X-ray imaging technology. A number of secrets surrounding the device and its functionality have been recently revealed.

It is being deduced by the researchers that the ancient computer was used by the Greeks to navigate the planetary movements. However, after decoding the newly formed device by joining the broken parts, scientists have come to the conclusion that the ancient computer was used for the astrological purpose more than astronomy.

According to the Express, researchers opine that the ancient computer was well ahead of its time. Its primary use was to teach people facts about the universe. The people were made aware of the solar system and the cosmos they were living in. The knowledge of how the planetary movements and the alignment of the stars used to affect people's lives were also imparted to them.

Researchers also believe that this ancient computing system could predict the color of a forthcoming eclipse. Though the scientists have not been able to explain the mechanism of the device, they claim that the computer could dish out suggestions regarding the color of the eclipse, explaining whether it was some kind of an omen or signal. Some of the colors were much more explicable in determining the forthcoming events than the others.

The Antikythera Mechanism has continued to puzzle the scientists through the century. Researchers agree to the fact that more amount of time has to be involved in the further study of the ancient computer to fully understand its capabilities. 

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