Broker Week: The Broker of the Future?

Steve White

In 1949, the magazine Popular Mechanics predicted what computers may look like in the future.

“…Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1½ tons.”

It’s easy to scoff at predictions that fall so wildly from the mark, especially when you consider that the phone in your pocket contains 100,000 times the processing power of the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

But the crucial piece of context missing here is the transistor and microchip had not yet

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