How Digital Were My Computers?

How Digital Were My Computers?

True enough the Ford people asked Walter Reuther how he was going to collect dues from those automata and Walter Reuther answered how are you going to sell them cars.

It is also so that Newsweek said that the Ford Engine Plant in Cleveland produces ten times the engines with half the manpower, but this was a mistake in the first place, very hyperbolic, but everyone who wrote or spoke about automation thereafter repeated it; it was translated into most of the political languages around the world, and translated back into English.

The literature also refers to the ordnance plant where they put the man in simply to relieve the anxieties of the engineer who designed the place, the television industry which came and went and never did get around to employing the huge numbers of people that had been predicted. The oil industry, as everyone knows who has read any of the articles on automation, is now on a flow basis, output is not measured in units but in another magnitude—flow rates.

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