Youth: My IBM Baby

Their objectives are modest but crucial. "We just want to take some of the blindness out of blind dates," explains the founder of Operation Match. After all, boy-meets-girl is a universal game, not to say necessity. But which boy and which girl? Operation Match, devised by two Harvard undergraduates, offers the impartial advice of a computer.

Computers have been used infrequently in the past to pair up dates for specific dances. But Match's punch-card cupid has far larger horizons, deals in wide areas and adapts to any occasion. Founders Vaughn Morrill and...

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