October 30, 2020: What insect caused the first identified “computer bug” in 1947?

Answer: In 1947, research scientists at Harvard discovered a moth was causing consistent errors in their Mark II supercomputer. This insect has been on display, along with the scientists’ notes, at the Smithsonian National Museum of History. Since then, the term “bug” has become the standard term used by computer programmers to describe a glitch or error. Despite the notoriety of this incident, the first known use of the term “bug” in regard to computers dates back to the 1800s.

Read more about “debugging” (fixing a computer error) on Wonderopolis or in one of these books, available through the library:

Congratulations to Chris W.D. for correctly answering this week’s Tech Trivia question!