"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
The story is set in a future in which human beings have had computers for so long that they have forgotten how to do simple arithmetic.
This is an early reference to this idea in science fiction. It's even more intriguing when you consider that this is the basis for the idea of a technological Singularity, which suggests that if computers were allowed to design better computers, then we would eventually have computers that transcended human intelligence completely.
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