Fastest Computer – The Harvard Lampoon

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Fastest Computer

  NHS '10

February 1955
-Behold, the fastest computer in the world!
-Amazing. How big is it exactly?
-It fills this entire warehouse and weighs over twelve thousand tons.
-Unbelievable.
-That’s nothing. By 1961, scientists project we will have developed a computer that fills ten warehouses.
Ten warehouses?
-And if computers continue to progress at the current geometric rate, doubling in size every eighteen months, we will develop—by 1990—a computer the size of the moon.
-What a world we live in.
-Of course, by then, the moon will be tiny.