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Back in 1954 …

Comment les scientifiques de 1954 imaginèrent l’ordinateur de l’an 2004.

  • 2004-09-20
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Edit: As I was made aware of, this is a hoax. Unfortunately.

… scientists from the RAND corporation conjectured that maybe, just maybe, people might own “home computers” 50 years on:

However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work […]. With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use […]

This is from an unfortunately unattributed clipping (from a paper that had a refreshingly undogmatic attitude towards splitting infinitives, I note). Fortran had just been invented that very year, by the way.

Via magpie at Pacific Views, who wonders what the steering wheel was supposed to be for.

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3 comment(s) for 'Back in 1954 …'

  1. (Comment, 2004-09-20 12:41 )

    There was another amazing event in 1954 that was little noticed by the rest of the world. I was born and at the age of 50 I do own a computer. There was something in what they said back then. :grin:

  2. (Comment, 2004-09-27 18:50 )

    Urban legend:


    It’s interesting to see really. I wonder what it’ll all be like in 2054?