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Computers predict election results

Described as "gigantic brains," computers were once so big they filled entire rooms. It all started with ENIAC, the world's first computer, that cracked and buzzed and weighed 27 tonnes. By the 1960s, ordinary Canadians were fascinated with these new high tech devices: IBMs could set up blind dates, select Christmas presents and mysteriously dispense money. A novel idea until computer technology replaced real people on the job. These days computers continue to revolutionize — this time changing the way people communicate by way of the Internet.

 As ballots are counted, computers forecast voting trends for 1962 federal election.

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning Magazine
Broadcast Date: July 17, 1962
Guest(s): David Morton
Reporter: Bill Murphy
Duration: 2:47

Last updated: December 6, 2012

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