Science: Electronic Morse-Man

One of the most monotonous kinds of skilled work that still survive in a world of automation is the on-the-spot translation of hand-keyed Morse code into written language. This week the C.G.S. Laboratories of Stamford, Conn, told about an electronic decoder that takes over the job. According to C.G.S.. the decoder listens to the dots and dashes and automatically types out not only letters, but words. It adjusts its speed from ten words to 600 words per minute, and memory circuits permit it to "copy behind" the incoming signal, just as a human operator does.

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