UNIVAC predicts election results in 1952
ELECTRONIC ROBOT STARTS COMPUTING ELECTION RESULTS PHILADELPHIA -HINS)— An electronic robot, with a greater memory memory than anybody's mother-in- law, will help forecast the final outcome outcome of the presidential balloting on the basis : of incomplete returns. The computer, dubbed univac, short for universal automatic computer, computer, Is expected to give the nation fairly conclusive clues of the final results earlier than previously possible. possible. The $600,000 apparatus, which utilizes utilizes 50 miles of wire, 500,000 soldered soldered joints and 5500 vacuum tubes, will do its stuff on a television network network Nov. 4. The elephant-minded machine has already begun absorbing figures on hour-by-hour election totals of 1944 and 1948 for each of the 48 states. Univac will use these statistics as comparisons when early returns start pouring in. It is expected that within a few seconds the machine will forecast what the final 1952 totals will be from each state.