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March 23, 2014 4:43 PM   Subscribe

The July 23, 1966 issue of Norman Cousins' The Saturday Review used 30 pages to focus on The New Computerized Age (Link to chapter PDFs), digitized and licensed for your enjoyment by

The post's title comes from the editorial for the issue, The Computer and the Poet.
posted by Toekneesan (2 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
The article titled "Whither Personal Privacy?" is mandatory reading.
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 4:56 PM on March 23, 2014

Almost 50 years later and there's still a lot of truth in this statement, from the editorial:
The biggest single need in computer technology is not for improved circuitry, or enlarged capacity, or prolonged memory, or miniaturized container, but for better questions and better use of the answers.
Inspiring to see that even in the early days of computing there were people who saw the need for creativity and technology to combine and thus expand the boundaries of both areas of endeavour.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 10:23 PM on March 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

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