When you think of high tech, does weaving come to mind?
The Jacquard punch card loom of the early 1800s informed Hollerith’s late 1800s punch card tabulation used in U.S. and other censuses. The Hollerith patent and business led to the hiring of salesman Thomas J. Watson and the transformation of the company into IBM. See attached photo of Becky Beem holding two 80-column Fortran punch cards popular in the 20th century.
Jacquard Hollerith IBM Gates.