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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

The story of early computers

During the late 1950's and early 1960's,  computers were processed with IBM cards that were punched out. Most of the models that existed had low memory capacity and took up a lot of space. The memory units had to be kept near 70 degrees. Most of the information had to be entered on data cards. With limited memory, the machines could only do so much. Most of the larger computers had huge rooms to hold their memory units. In later times computer languages were developed to speed up the time it took to enter data inside of it. The amount of data in a personal computer today, compares with the huge rooms of data of the past. The best computers were the ones with the maximum data storage space in the least amount of space. As new computer chips were developed, more things had computer parts inside of them. Digital radio and digital television are examples of what the new computer technology can do. Black boxes inside of airplanes, trains, buses and personal autos are also products of the new generation of computer technology. The home computer of today makes the old style computers look like antiques. The Space Shuttle has an older style of computer on board, and has a hard time getting parts to replace old worn out parts. The one computer that can't be developed is one with artificial intelligence that can compare to our brain. Our brain is capable of emotions, while a computer can only do what you tell it to do. A computer can't see hazards that humans do. A computer can only do what it is programed to do. How some supervisors can tell you that the computer says that you do not have enough work, is beyond me. Where is the human intelligence there?  Or do we have robots ( yes sir--no sir ) serving as management? Human beings have vision and emotions and can see beyond what is shown on computer paper. Where is the respect due to our workers? What do you think on this subject?

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