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The Jacquard Loom, introduced in 1801, was the first device to use a punched card to control its operations, predating the computer by many years. Charles Babbage's never-completed Analytic Engine, later in the 19th century, was to have used punch cards, perhaps inspired by this loom.
- Jacquard Loom on Wikipedia