The Dissolve

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“Consider for a moment how dramatically the meaning of the word “computer” has changed in the last few decades. Thanks to advances in technology, a computer is now a thing that can be tucked into a shoulder bag or even held in the palm of the hand. But in the time before Jobs and Wozniak brought the first Apple out of the garage, computers meant rooms filled with whirring reel-to-reel tapes, panels of blinking lights, and the incessant tapping of dot-matrix printouts. And because so few understood them, and fewer still had used one themselves, computers seemed capable of anything. We could fill those banks of computers with whatever dreams, or nightmares, we wanted.”

This month’s Laser Age looks at how, in the years before computers became commonplace, science-fiction films projected our worst fears about them. [Read more…]

“Consider for a moment how dramatically the meaning of the word “computer” has changed in the last few decades. Thanks to advances in technology, a computer is now a thing that can be tucked into a shoulder bag or even held in the palm of the hand. But in the time before Jobs and Wozniak brought the first Apple out of the garage, computers meant rooms filled with whirring reel-to-reel tapes, panels of blinking lights, and the incessant tapping of dot-matrix printouts. And because so few understood them, and fewer still had used one themselves, computers seemed capable of anything. We could fill those banks of computers with whatever dreams, or nightmares, we wanted.”

This month’s Laser Age looks at how, in the years before computers became commonplace, science-fiction films projected our worst fears about them. [Read more…]

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