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VIDEO: Sam Moskowitz Predicts the Dark Side of Computing in the Early 1960s

Here’s an interesting interview from the early 1960s in which Sam Moskowitz discusses the ideas presented in Murray Leinster’s short story “A Logic Named Joe”. The story fortells the presense of “logics” (what we futurians call computers) and Moskowitz has some eerily prescient predictions.

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[via Andrew Porter via David Langford on Fictionmags]

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3 Comments on VIDEO: Sam Moskowitz Predicts the Dark Side of Computing in the Early 1960s

  1. Geoffrey Tillman // June 16, 2013 at 6:12 am //

    His predictions were a lot more accurate than I thought they would be.

  2. I love Moskowitz. People who haven’t read “Seekers of Tomorrow” or the Munsey history section of his 1970 “Under the Moons of Mars” are missing out on some very interesting historical context.

    • It’s an interesting read, but it’s not great history. There’s no sources, he was never very forthcoming about where he got a lot of his information, and it’s generally regarded as a not terribly reliable source, at least according to people I’ve spoken to.

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