HORIZONS: THE FUTURE OF THE THINKING MACHINES (TV)

Summary

The eighteenth in this series of lecture programs on futuristic topics. Participants in this program discuss the future of computers with Wallace J. Eckert, professor of celestial mechanics at Columbia University, and director of pure science for IBM. Professor Eckert demonstrates how a machine can grade papers, and explains how a computer works. Questioning opens on the operation of computers, their military use and accuracy, and programming. The program closes with background on the Columbia students participating in the discussion. Produced in cooperation with the Communication Materials Center of Columbia University Press.

Preservation of the Post–World War II American Television Documentary Collection is supported in part by a Federal Save America’s Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: March 30, 1952 Sunday 1:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:30:00
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T77:0528
  • GENRE: Education/Information
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1951-1952
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CREDITS

    • Erik Barnouw … Producer
    • Jack Pacey … Producer
    • Leslie Gorall … Director
    • Wallace J. Eckert … Host