Technology: There's Even One That Says: Oh, That Tickles

Businessmen who crowded into San Francisco's Civic Auditorium last week tried their hand at playing blackjack against a computer. They inevitably lost, for the machine has not only broken the bank at Las Vegas in a test, but also outwits comptrollers and architects in performing such practically profitable jobs as laying out real estate subdivisions. Dozens of other whirring and flashing machines demonstrated how they simulate Gemini space flights, balance million-dollar corporate ledgers in a split second, or tap out a frighteningly human message—"Oh, that tickles"—in response to a rap on...

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