Reality vs. prediction from 50 years ago
My friend Max Lebow sent me this image from a 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics. It shows what someone thought a home computer would look like in the year 2004. Notice the steering wheel. The captions reads
Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use.
BTW, to give you an idea of what they had in mind by "easy to use," here's a small sample Fortran program to calculate the area of a tank (further documented here):
PRINT 11, H,R,A
11 FORMAT(1X,'RADIUS= ',F6.2,10X,'HEIGHT= ',F6.1,10X,'AREA= ',
900 PRINT 21
21 FORMAT(1X,'INVALID DATA')
Like Mac said, in the comment, it's a hoax. Mea culpa, mea culpa!
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