Freeman

April 1983

Volume 33, 1983

FEATURES

Workers and Robots

APRIL 01, 1983 by HANS SENNHOLZ

When, shortly after World War II, the first electronic computers were placed into service, they occupied large rooms, contained miles of wire and hundreds of vacuum tubes, and cost many thousands of dollars. Today, a computer with similar capabilities fits on a desk top and, de spite rampant inflation, costs less than $1,000. The early computers consumed enough power to drive a locomotive; the modern computer uses less electricity than a television set.


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