What a fun blast from the past. The Economist has posted a 1954 article they published titled Electronic abacus, which examines the possible business uses for these strange new creatures called “computors.” They have some great quotes like, “There are those who do not believe in the desirability of introducing anything as esoteric as electronics into business routine at all,” but they generally demonstrate real insight into the coming revolution.
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What a great article. It’s a little ironic that they posted it on the internet.
It’s nice to have hard drives instead of vacuum tubes.
A nice link on the history of early computing here.