Star Tribune from Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 21, 1950 · Page 2
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Wednesday, June 21, 1950
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m w w p r :2 ' MINNEAPOLIS MORNING TRIBUNE Wed.. June 21, 1950 Giant Brain to Help U. S. Solve Problems By NAT FIXXEY Minneapolis Tribune Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON', D. C. The ters, Seac has memory as well fprieral government Tuesday un-, as calculating abilities. Its mak- veiled a machine officials think can keep up with a mathematics-in-the-billions administration. Seac (bureau of standards eastern automatic computer), the new mathematical monster sits in its own special room at the bureau of standards ready to work out problems for any government agency that ordinary computing machines couldn't figure out in time for the results to; be worth anything. "The air force paid for Seac. and will use it to keep track of its programs, which involve a hitherto unmanageable number of items from sparkplugs in reserve to the number of hours of training achieved by the last batch of cadets at Randolph field, Texas. Dr. Edward U. Condon, director of the bureau of standards, presided at the official unveiling; Dr. John II. Curtiss, chief rf the applied mathematics lab-bratory of the bureau, and Lt. fien. Edwin W. Rawlings, deputy chief of staff of the air lorce, told how the new machine will be used. "WE EXPECT to construct a j mathematical model of the air ; force," Rawlings said. ''Using - this model in connection with conventional punched card computing equipment, we have already been able to compute in a few months program and requirements data which formerly took years to develop by normal - staff procedures." "With this new machine we expect to be able to reduce the time span to days." Dr. Samuel N. Alexander, chief of the electronic computers section at the bureau, told what the new machine can do. He emphasized the high speed of the new computer, implying that it outdistances earlier machines like Eniac. the mathematical "brain" at the Aberdeen ordnance depot. '"Seac can perform 5,000 additions, subtractions or comparisons each second," Alexander explained. Addition or subtraction alone is completed in 50 one-millionths of a second. Multiplication takes five times as long 250 millionths of a second. Condon held that the new machine means mankind is entering a new tool-building era. "THIS IS TO BE an era," he said, "marked by rapid and Jarge scale development of ma-chines that will relieve men's "minds of many routine and fatiguing chores. "Such machines are bound to 'give a new dimension of freedom to mankind. I can see a Itime in the not-too-distant future when a great deal of routine office work will be done by -electronic machines, not by persons condemned to routine office ;jobs." Like other electronic compu- ers declare that "logical transfer operations give the com puter attributes akin to initia-1 tive and judgment." "For example, Seac can modify its instruction, ascertain if it has made errors, determine when it has computed results with predetermined accuracy and refrain from printing out incorrect answers." Seac's "memory" according to its makers, "has a storage capa- THE MACHINE has two consoles, not unlike the console of a modern pipe organ. One console contains the "acoustic memory" part of the machine, and the other the part that does the mathematics. The memory cabinet is 60 inches wide, S4 inches high and 31 inches deep. The computer cabinet is about twice that size. Seac's first job will be to keep the comptroller of the air force up to date on budget and operations of that branch of the armed services. The air force calls this project SCOOP scientific computation of optimum programs. But Seac also will be available to solve problems in mathematics, physical science and engi- neering, actuarial science, eco-j nomic analysis, agricultural ex-i perimentation and large - scale management. Its purpose in life, according to one of the technicians who helped build it, is to keep people from saying: "I'd never figure that out in a million years!" Jo-Ann Reeve, ended 16 Auburil( Ala., girl who was near death after being burned at a party when her mother's dress caught fire in 1941, looks pert after her' 13th skin-grafting operation at Indianapolis, Ind. Jo-Ann now lives a normal, athletic life. U. S. at Peak of Prosperity Keyserling WASHINGTON, D. C (US-President Truman's top econom- j ic adviser, Leon H. Keyserling, said Tuesday the nation is at postwar pros- ptriiiy aim uic future business outlook is good. As chairman of the President's council o 1 economic a d v isers, h e called at the White House to begin a Keyserling: series of conferences on Mr. ; Truman's forthcoming mid-year economic report. j He was accompanied by Dr. ! John D. Clark, a council mem- ber. - UN. hma i i t i ii J Keyserling told reporters he does not consider the recent upswing in prices as danger signals of renewed inflation. Meantime, however, Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder was telling a news conference that anti-inflation controls may have to be reimposed on consumer credit if installment buying continues to rise. The commerce department, in its monthly survey of business, reported raw material prices have moved up an average of 2 per cent under the impact of the spring increase in industrial output. Building materials went up an average of 4 per cent. It said the home-building boom and automobile sales continued to lead the way in activity. Girl Fugitives Found ALBANY, N. Y. (UP) The last four of 34 girls who escaped from the state training school for delinquent girls at Hudson. N. Y., were found and returned to school, it was announced Tuesdav. Pillsbury Asks Lower Foreign Duty on Flour WASHINGTON, D. C. (JP) George Pillsbury, vice president of Pillsbury Mills, Inc., Minne apolis, suggested Tuesday that the United States try to get other nations to eliminate what he called tariff against American wheat flour. Pillsbury ap peared before IMllsbury the committee on reciprocity information as a member of the Flour Millers Export association. The association filed a brief with the committee asking that the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Italy be induced to reduce their tariffs on American flour to bring them more in line j with their import duties on wheat " f ' 1 " I i Rep. Andersen Files By SUtt Osrrnpoodeat of Minneapolli Tribane WASHINGTON. D. C. Rep. H. Carl Andersen (R., Minn.) filed Tuesday for re-election as seventh district congressman. He is serving his sixth term in j the house of representatives, and I seeks his seventh. Royal Good Humor COPENHAGEN. 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