Although computers have been commercially available for only a comparatively short period of time, they seem to have come to dominate our corporate and even our private lives. Punched cards and computer printouts descend upon us from many quarters; our telephone connections are completed by land links or satellite; the stock markets, bank accounts, credit card systems, student’s courses and it seems almost every aspect of life is at least touched by them. Various forms of them have even got into our plants to regulate processes, control assembly lines, protect men and equipment and improve the quality of products.

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