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How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, Tenth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Part 7: So, What’s Next?

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Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.

—Popular Mechanics

It was 1967. IBM invented the floppy disk. The programming language Pascal was used for the first time. The video game Pong was invented. MIT’s Marvin Minsky said, “Within a generation...the problem of creating ‘artificial intelligence’ will substantially be solved.” And movie theaters were showing The Graduate, starring a young Dustin Hoffman as a recent college graduate who hadn’t found his place in the world. At a party of his parents’ friends, one of them pulled Hoffman aside to give him a clue for success in one word: “Plastics.”

“I just ...

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