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The Argus, 9 January, 1954






New York, Friday

A pretty brunette, who does not a word of Russian, today sat down at the keyboard of a giant electronic brain and copied Russian sentences, which were translated into printed English at the rate of 21 lines a second.

Mrs. Lynn Polle, 25, was demonstrating what linguists of Georgetown University's Institute of Languages and Linguistics have been working on for the last 18 months - a language-translating machine.

The machine is the International Business Machines Corporation's 701 computer, better known as the "Brain".

It already has shown its prowess for speedily solving mathematical problems that would take a mere genius several years to solve.

But today was the first time it tackled a foreign language in public.