There is an image that I remember seeing, but that I have never been able to find. It shows 2-3 people on their hands and knees, crawling around a blueprint of a chip that had been rolled out over the floor of a room. Presumably this was from before computers had enough memory / processor power to supersede working with physical artifacts representing the design.

I'm probably mismembering the fine details (e.g. was it a CPU? how many people were there? did it actually cover the whole floor?).

Does anyone know the image I'm referring to, or have a link to it?

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I suspect you may be thinking of a short scene from either The Day the Universe Changed (unlikely) or Connections (more likely). James Burke visited Bell Labs and there is a scene where you see several engineers working on a chip design on the floor exactly as you describe. I'm sure it's not the only example, but it is a well-viewed one.

  • Do you have a link for that second reference? IMDB has several mentions for that title. Also, who's he? – Jan Doggen May 29 at 11:44
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    I have watched Connections. You don't happen to know which episode this scene is in? – Craig Gidney May 29 at 13:03
  • @JanDoggen "He" means the host of The Day The Universe Changed and Connections: James Burke. – Todd Wilcox May 30 at 14:37

Maury Markowitz's answer was correct, it was actually a scene and not a picture. I was able to find it in "The Day the Universe Changed" Episode 1 "The Way We Are: It Started with the Greeks". It's around 34 to 35 minutes in (well... it might depend on the version you're watching).

Screenshot from The Day the Universe Changed

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    For anyone who has not watched this series, you don't know what you're missing. – Maury Markowitz May 29 at 18:42
  • @MauryMarkowitz absolutely! – uhoh May 30 at 15:16

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