MACHINE SOLVES HARD PROBLEMS (Dec, 1930)

MACHINE SOLVES HARD PROBLEMS

A “mechanical Einstein,” the brains of which are a set of electric relays, helps engineers of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company solve problems that would require days or weeks of figuring with pencil and paper.

The device resembles a giant telephone switchboard. When an engineer desires the solution of a complicated equation, he simply plugs in certain wires and turns proper knobs. It will reveal all the “unknown quantities” of power transmission systems.

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  1. Stannous says: January 16, 20072:16 pm

    I just KNEW there were a bunch of little people inside my computer!

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