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The Hobart Mercury, 30 March, 1950




NEW BRUNSWICK (New Jersey), Wed. A.A.P.

A new mechanical brain was described yesterday as the forerunner of a complete automatic factory where goods would be produced without help from human hand or brain.

The "brain" previously was a Air Force secret known officially as the magnetic drum digital differential analyser.

The inventor, Floyd Steele, a 31 year-old physicist, calls it "Maddida".

Steele said yesterday Maddida was a computing device which could handle 4,500 additions of eight-place decimal numbers a second and do the work of a full aircraft.

Maddida, which is about the size of a pinball machine, is being exhibited at Rutgers University.

FULL STORY : The Hobart Mercury, 27 February, 1951