Thursday, May 25, 2006

And he quoteth from the good book, which smells,

Many thanks toJouslare (Aka Robert A. - friend since junior high) for the quotes from the original text of "Miniature Brains", reprinted here for your edification:

Envisaging the latent possibilities of electronic computers, even sober scientists are apt to indulge in day-dreaming. If we are to believe some of them, information machines will be able in the near future to do everything that human beings believe they are capable of doing: waging war, drawing up new tax laws, and making films for television -- maybe even inventing a shoe string that won't break.

We are unwilling to lose ourselves in Utopian visions. Let us see what electronic computers are actually capable of doing today, or what -- if the programmers and techincians are given another few years to play with them -- they are certain to accomplish...

And this gem:
The housewife of the future may not be able to do without her electronic cook. She will no longer have any time to cook, because she will have to go to work to earn the money to pay the installments due on all her beautiful electronic appliances.

Oooh! Tecknologee!

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