Technology: Figures in a Flash

To cope with the staggering information explosion in both business and government, a whole new electronic technology is fast developing that can store, catalogue and recall facts and figures in a pushbutton flash. Among the more sophisticated "information-retrieval" systems, Stromberg-Carlson has produced its 4020, Eastman Kodak its Recordak Miracode, RCA its 3488 and IBM its Walnut, which is used by the Central Intelligence Agency. Last week California's Ampex Corp. introduced the latest retrieval machine, a completely automated microfiling system that allows the searcher to edit his material as he selects it.

Ampex's Videofile system condenses bulky file folders to tiny...

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