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year later John Von Neumann responded with a complete
logical design for a machine to be called the EDVAC (Electronic
Discrete Variable Automatic Computer). In his paper was
embedded the idea of a "stored program." He
suggested that instructions for the computer -- previously
entered on punched paper tape, or by plugboards -- could
be stored in the computer's electronic memory as numbers
and treated exactly the same as numerical data.
For the first time the logical choices of program sequences
could be made inside the machine, and instructions could
be modified by the computer as it went along.
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