These Vintage Photos Of Men At Computers Show We’ve Come A Long, Long Way

Computers truly came into their own as great inventions in the last two decades of the 20th century.

By 1965, there were 22,500 computers in the United States. The smallest model available weighed a now-whopping 59 lbs. The government was spending a billion dollars a year on its computers — that’s about $7.4 billion today — and 650,000 Americans were employed making or selling computers, as others in many industries lost their jobs to automation.

h/t: vintag.es, flashbak

They had irreversibly changed the speed of life across the country, making the impossible possible. By TIME’s calculations,

“To process without computers the flood of checks that will be circulating in the U.S. by 1970, banks would have to hire all the American women between 21 and 45.”

Though the economy would have to adjust, it wouldn’t be all bad.

“Many scientists hope that in time the computer will allow man to return to the Hellenic concept of leisure, in which the Greeks had time to cultivate their minds and improve their environment while slaves did all the labor,” an article on TIME, issue of April 2, 1965 reported. “The slaves, in modern Hellenism, would be the computers.”



















(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below


If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Pictures Of The Pontiac Club De Mer, The Jet Age-Inspired Concept Car Which Was Built In 1956
Exploring the Deep Sea
Incredible Digital Projection By Joanie Lemercier
Polish Stalkers Turned The Lights On In Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
The 1949, The Kurtis Sport Car, One Of 16 Produced
Solar-powered Catamaran Makes a Stop in Singapore
Russian Tuning Specialists Put Tank Treads On A Bentley To Create "Bentley Ultratank"
Monster Crane Collapses at National Cathedral
Air Clicker
The Kollie - Cybernetic Organism
$4 600 000 For Your Very Own Floating Island
Photo of Holden Crater on Mars
Abandoned Space Observatory in Puerto Rico
NASA: Spectacular Images from Space - Galaxy Encounter, Flooding Thailand, and 12-Billion-Year-Old Stars
Stunning Photos Show Mercedes-Benz 190 SL's Assembly Line In February 1958
New Jeep Concepts
3D-printed Statue Selfies
An Artist Creates Images Of Banknotes Generated From The Bitcoin Blockchain
A Flash Drive Made To Look Like You're Storing Data On A Fish's Brain
Homebuilt Real Flight Simulator
Innovative Umbrella That Keeps Your Camera Dry When Shooting In The Rain
Microbes On 8-Year-Old Boy’s Handprint After Playing Outside
1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept, An Indication Of The United States Obsession With Jet Design And Aerodynamics
The Uniface Mask: A New Alternative to Make-up or Plastic Surgery?
Technicians At The Government Of Alberta Dairy And Food Canada Laboratory In 1970s
Eurostar 'Paris - London' Interior Design
The Russians Make The Best Truck In The Universe For $50K
Chinese Student Designs Award-Winning Life Slide
Photos Of 20 Wonderful Reliant Regal Cars
Chevy Vega And The Vert-A-Pac Rail System In The 1970s