COMPUTERS THE ELECTRIC BRAINS (Jan, 1958)
This is the chapter about computers from a really cool text book called The World of Science, published by Golden Books in 1954.
You don’t often see people entering using a keypad with their middle finger…
THE ELECTRIC BRAINS
THE BRAIN AT REST
Along one wall of the room tall gray cabinets are ranged. They contain the “gray matter” of the electronic brain. From the front they look as blank as a face without a thought. But open the doors at the back and you will see thousands upon thousands of tiny electric circuits wired with pink, blue, green, and orange wires. Those are the “nerve cells” of the brain.
Along another wall in smaller cabinets the brain’s “slow memory” or reference library is stored. Its “fast memory” is on a magnetized drum or other device inside the machine.
A neat, desk-sized set-up in the center of the room is what we might call the brain’s “ear.” This is where it receives its instructions.
Big-Brother 7074 Is Watching You (Mar, 1963)
Interesting article about the consequences of computerization at the IRS.
Big-Brother 7074 Is Watching You
By 473-28-0247 (Gannon, Robert)
No more chance to outwit the tax collector. His ultimate weaponâ€”the 7074 computerâ€”is about to take over the examination of our tax returns
IN THE rolling West Virginia hills, just east of Martinsburg, squats a low-slung, brick and cinder-block building. Inside, in a starkly antiseptic, 40-foot room, the head of a many-tentacled IBM computer waits patiently for your tax return.
If you live in a southeastern state, your time is up; a few days after you file this year, the machine will digest your forms, think about your figures for a millifraction of a second, spit them out if unsatisfied. If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Washington, D.C, you have a year of grace; your turn will come next spring. By 1966, returns from every taxpayer in the U.S. will be fed to the Martinsburg machine.
Photographic Data Storage For Computers (Jan, 1948)
This is a pretty crazy way to store data.
Camera Snaps Answers
To speed recording answers in computing machines, Kodak has made a new camera that snaps 1,000 12-digit numbers a second. The numbers are photographed from a cathode-ray tube as spots; retranslated into electrical impulses by photoelectric tubes as desired for feeding back into the computer. Mosaic above is film section enlarged 25 times. A 100-foot strip holds 3,000,000 digits.
The ROBOTS Are Coming! (Dec, 1953)
Excellent article focusing on robots and computers (they didn’t really distinguish between the two at this point). Topics include: self-driving cars, robot elephants, prime number crunching computers, automatic factories, automatic sewing machines, etc. It even mentions self replicating Von Neumann machines.
The ROBOTS Are Coming!
Our civilization is being invaded by a horde of mechanical men who are determined to change our way of life. But there’s no need to worry. It’s all in the spirit of good fellowship.
By Lester David
A STRANGE, awesome army of Things is invading the planet Earth!
This is not science fiction but cold fact. The Vanguard of this army is here already and has secured a firm beachhead. A vast body of others is on the way.
These weird monsters are busy altering your world even now. Within the next several decades, after they are firmly entrenched in farm, home, laboratory and factory, your work, your habits, your entire life will be unrecognizable.
Electric Eye Machine Finds Prime Numbers (Jun, 1933)
It’s a pity that prime number based encryption schemes were about 30 years away at this point. This thing could have been useful.
Electric Eye Solves Baffling Mathematical Problems
THROUGH the use of a photo-electric cell harnessed to complicated series of steel gears of different radii, Dr. Norman Lehmer, professor of Mathematics at the University of Southern California, has succeeded in solving certain problems that have baffled mathematicians for centuries.
ASCII Art in 1939 (Jun, 1939)
Yes, I know the ASCII standard wan’t established until 1967, but it’s the same general idea.
Typewriter Artist Produces Pictures Like Tapestry
Pictures that resemble tapestry are produced with a typewriter by Rosaire J. Belanger, a mill worker in Saco, Me. Belanger first draws a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper, then inserts it in his typewriter and fills in the sketch with various characters to produce shading and outlines. With carbon paper, he transfers the picture onto graph paper, and copies it on blank paper.