BIZMAC at Bat—”Brain” Predicts 1957 Averages (Jul, 1957)
BIZMAC at Bat—”Brain” Predicts 1957 Averages
Early in March, when the Army Ordnance Command’s BIZMAC computer was demonstrated publicly for the first time, the operators used it to predict batting averages for the 1957 season. Twelve of the leading major league baseball players were “analyzed” by the computer, which based its predictions on the players’ averages for the past five years.
Leading the field was Mickey Mantle (.342); followed by Richie Ashburn (.328), Ted Williams (.322),HarveyKuehn (.319), Minnie Minoso (.317), Carl Furillo (.314), Ray Boone (.313), Nellie Fox (.309), Stan Musial (.305), Ted Kluszewski (.304), Duke Snider (.302) and Yogi Berra (.297). This is a reminder—just to show that computers can be wrong.
In the photo at left is a portion of the BIZMAC control. The “real” use of the computer is to keep track of U. S.
Army truck and tank supplies scattered over the world.