Evolution of New Family of Machines
The thinking machine, often encountered in science fiction, may some day become a reality. Today's electronic computers represent a significant step in that direction. Capable of solving complex problems at fantastic speed, they are in many ways a match for the human brain. Computers, however, are basically stupid: They cannot even add two and two unless told how to do so. But scientists assert that tomorrow's machines will narrow the gap between human and artificial intelligence. They envision computers able to read, write and perhaps even to carry on conversations.
Although computers have been in general use for less than a decade, they have already put their mark on the economy. Businessmen and government officials turn to them for help ...