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September 16, 2013

Edmund Callis Berkeley writing about "Giant Brains" in 1949


We can foresee the development of machinery that will make it possible to consult information in a library automatically.
Suppose that you go into the library of the future and wish to look up ways for making biscuits. You will be able to dial into the catalogue machine ‘making biscuits.’ There will be a flutter of movie film in the machine. Soon it will stop, and, in front of you on the screen, will be projected the part of the catalogue which shows the names of three or four books containing recipes for biscuits. If you are satisfied, you will press a button; a copy of what you saw will be made for you and come out of the machine. Things to Come – Futility Closet

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 16, 2013 9:44 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The foretelling of the future has always been fun thing to watch a few years later down the road. I am still fascinated by the old scifi movies with their cutting edge technology's.
Just watched the movie " Things to come" filmed in 1936. They tried to predict a future of incredible change, but couldn't envision it without the machines or lifestyles they had surrounding them at that time in history. Makes me wonder what we so obviously miss of our things to come.

Posted by: Kelvin at September 16, 2013 11:30 AM

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