Text of a paper presented to the Board of Trustees and the Air Force Advisory Group in November 1965. The author discusses the digital computer as an information processing machine, describes the advances made in computer hardware in the 15 years of its commercial lifetime, suggests future computer achievements, and considers the impact on society, business, industry, and the military.
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