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Electronic Brains

  • Andrew May
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

In which science fiction, having successfully foreseen atomic power and space travel, completely misses the third great technological revolution of the 20th century: the advent of miniaturized solid-state electronics. Instead, its predictions of sentient humanoid robots and giant, building-sized computers—often bent on world conquest—failed to materialize (in the Cold War timeframe, anyway). In more general terms, however, the science-fictional vision of automated warfare was borne out in the guided missiles and defence computers of the Vietnam era.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew May
    • 1
  1. 1.CrewkerneUK

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