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The Ask-Our-Computer Service (from 1967)  (View post)

David Honaker [PersonRank 0]

Sunday, March 7, 2010
12 years ago3,651 views

That blast from the past (1967 no less) was great. It's fun to see where we are not technologically, versus where we started.

- David

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wow only a dollar [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Prob $20 in today's currency

mak [PersonRank 5]

12 years ago #

I think there are still many services today similar to that one, which will be eventually replaced by automation sometime in the future. Which ones do you think those are?

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Back in 1967 pocket calculators hadn't been invented, and hardly anyone had access to a calculating machine except for bankers and accounts staff. Only a minority of people owned and could operate a slide rule.

So if you needed to carry out this kind of calculation, the only alternative for most people was to do it by hand, and even back then most adults weren't fluent at long division.

Kevin J [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I'd be interested to see one of the questionnaires and the result the computer gave.

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