“All this complication is needed because of the clumsy way in which we have learned to write figures. If we recorded them positionally, simply by the configuration of a set of dots on a card, the automatic reading mechanism would become comparatively simple. In fact if the dots are holes, we have the punched-card machine long ago produced by Hollorith for the purposes of the census, and now used throughout business. Some types of complex businesses could hardly operate without these machines.”
This is the punched card Tabulator.
This is the punched card.
Bush was spot on when it came to predicting how we were going to obtain information. Although he was limited to what he knew in 1945, he really was not far off since the early “computers” of the time were already there (hole-punched cards). Eventually, all of this lead to more easy access to information. It’s neat to read this and have the knowledge of what has happened since the dawn of the modern computer and the PC.