Electronic abacus

What a fun blast from the past. The Economist has posted a 1954 article they published titled Electronic abacus, which examines the possible business uses for these strange new creatures called “computors.” They have some great quotes like, “There are those who do not believe in the desirability of introducing anything as esoteric as electronics into business routine at all,” but they generally demonstrate real insight into the coming revolution.

2 Comments

  1. kevin
    Nov 28, 2001

    What a great article. It’s a little ironic that they posted it on the internet.

  2. Wycliffe
    Nov 28, 2001

    It’s nice to have hard drives instead of vacuum tubes.

    A nice link on the history of early computing here.