37 Years Ago In TIME

Today we chuckle at dotcom millionaires gone bust, even as we become ever more attached to our laptops and favorite websites. But in the early days of COMPUTERS, TIME was simply trying to introduce readers to the new gizmos--and to the strange people who had mastered them.

The computer already has been put to work at more than 700 specific tasks, both mundane and exotic, from bookkeeping to monitoring underground nuclear explosions. Computers control the flow of electric current for much of the nation, route long-distance telephone calls, set newspaper type, even dictate just how sausage is made...Because computer technology is...

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