Science: Ergo, Sum Machine

Something about the omniscience of electric computers makes people nervous. Something about nervousness makes people laugh. Samples in a new wave of computer jokes:

¶ Stepping up to a computer display in Grand Central Station, an Indian in full regalia asks: "Who am I? What do I weigh? Where am I going?" The computer instantly replies : "You're an Indian. You weigh 173 pounds. You're going to Pueblo, Colorado." The Indian rips off his headdress, borrows a Brooks Bros. overcoat from a commuter, feeds in the same question again. Answer: "You're still an Indian. You still weigh 173 pounds, and you...