Machine Tells All
CSIRO Problem In Computer Network
The Adelaide Advertiser, 1 October, 1949
Technically, it is called a "rapid selector". It is claimed it will be of tremendous value in scientific research work.
Here is how it operates: the raw material to be fed into the machine -
More than one code pattern can be placed on each page, depending on many subjects are to be handled. The machine has enough code patterns to cover 1,000,000 different subjects.
The brain then reads the information at the rate of about 1,200 pages a day. It can
store away in its mechanical memo about 500.000 pages on each 2.000-
When any of this information is wanted, the proper master code pattern key is pushed
into the mechanism and a switch is pulled. The stored up film races past one of the
When a page with the correct pattern to fit the master code flashes past, a high-
As an example, the machine could be used to keep army personnel records The army might suddenly find it wanted a man between the ages of 25 and 35 who was an expert In cryptography and radar and who could speak French and German fluently.
The "brain" wouldn't say, "What is a man like that doing in the army?
Instead it would search through the records of 1,000.000 men in about eight minutes and hand out a photographed copy of all men with the necessary qualifications
And there no patent on this machine. Anyone is entitled to make one -