From the archive: the computer takeover, 1969

The early days of computer programming, and the IT employee stereotype

On 26 October 1969, the Observer Magazine tried to fetch to grips with the burgeoning computer revolution (‘Computer Takeover’).

‘What then is a computer?’ asked John Davy. ‘It has been properly described as an advantageous, very moronic clerk with an exceptionally correct memory.’ Well, we’ve all met one amongst these.

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