ONE MISTAKE IN 100,000
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CSIRO Problem In Computer Network
The Argus, 9 December, 1953
Washington, Tuesday. A.A.P.
The United States National Bureau of Standard today unveiled a high-
It is called "Fosdic", short for Film Optical Sending Device for Input to Computers.
Possessed of a degree of intelligence and adaptability, "Fosdic" translates census data directly from enumerators' sheets into electrical impulses which can be fed on magnetic tape into the bureau's univac, an electronic digital computer.
"Fosdic", which cost 100,000 dollars (about £45,000) consists of a cathode-
"Fosdic" does its work at the rate of 30 census documents a minute, compared with the manual rate of two documents a minute.
Its rate of error is about one mistake in 100,000, and this is blamed on poor film.
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