"A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content."
Whenever Mr. Kiku wanted to know something, he'd just check the universal dictionary terminal on his desk.
This entry gives a very clear picture of what a massive computer installation looked like in the 1950's; it was very large and required a large staff to keep it running. Here's an example of a mid-1950's computer - the IBM 704:
The IBM 704 was considered the world's first super-computer and the first machine to incorporate floating-point hardware. The 704 used magnetic core memory that was faster and more reliable than the magnetic drum storage found in the 701.
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