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A discussion of the information explosion in technical literature and of the resulting information retrieval problem. Certain aspects of this problem are considered, as well as areas of application of an automatic storage and retrieval system. An "ideal" automatic storage and retrieval system is then examined, followed by a description of the technological and conceptual implications of such a system.

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