Mechanical Brains Take Over Work of Ten Office Clerks (Aug, 1929)
Mechanical Brains Take Over Work of Ten Office Clerks
A REGULAR ration of electric current, with occasional dessert of a little oil now and then, is all that this tabulating machine, shown above, requires to do the work of ten persons. A combination bookkeeper, adding machine, card sorter, cash register and computator all in one, the machine is operated by three people. Depending on which button is pushed, it can turn out complete report sheets of figures, budget reports, sales analysis, statements of labor costs or payroll listings. The apparatus has recently been installed in the bureau of light and power in the city of Los Angeles. It weighs 3,000 pounds and is one of the two in existence. Miss Mildred Gorham is shown operating one unit of the machine. It runs silently.