June 08, 2017

Today in History: Humanity takes a punch in the card (1887)

John RobsonArchive

June 8 is a bleak day for the human spirit. For it was on June 8 of 1887 that American inventor Herman Hollerich applied for a patent for the punch-card. 

That ingenious data-storing medium that made so much bureaucracy and social science possible. I’m all for human ingenuity… but the wrong kind can punch a hole in the meaning of life.

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commented 2017-06-09 01:42:13 -0400
IBM machines were used in Germany to further the efficiency of the Holocaust. Machines are morally neutral but the uses they are put to by humans are not.
commented 2017-06-08 16:42:14 -0400
But what the hell do you do about a hanging chad!?!?!?
commented 2017-06-08 16:39:06 -0400
Excellent report John Robson.
“Bleak day for mankind” Check-boxes and measuring only that can be measured is only looking at humanity from a very narrow perspective!