Inside an Electronic Brain

by scholastress

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“In appearance, a digital calculator–SECC, for instance– is a large chamber or more whose sides are glass enclosed panels of electronic tubes. When SSEC is at work, the panels blink furiously with a click-clacking sound, a galaxy of noisy glass stars in a glass sky. Standing in this chamber with the IBM motto, THINK, emblazoned over the doorway, visitors sometimes remark that they feel not like a man with a brain inside him, but like a brain with a man inside it.”

– John Kobler, “You’re Not Very Smart at All,” Saturday Evening Post , vol. 222 no. 34 (Februrary 18 1950): 111.

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