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"Writing about the future, I have a vested interest in there being a future for me to write about."
- John Brunner

Universal Dictionary  
  A machine that provided references to anything known.  

Whenever Mr. Kiku wanted to know something, he'd just check the universal dictionary terminal on his desk.

The universal dictionary in the British Museum was not more knowledgeable than the one in the Under Secretary's office; its working parts occupied an entire building in another part of the Capital, and its staff of cyberneticists, semanticians and encyclopedists endlessly fed its hunger for facts.
From The Star Beast, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1954
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This entry gives a very clear picture of what a massive computer installation looked like in the 1950's; it was very large and required a large staff to keep it running. Here's an example of a mid-1950's computer - the IBM 704:

The IBM 704 was considered the world's first super-computer and the first machine to incorporate floating-point hardware. The 704 used magnetic core memory that was faster and more reliable than the magnetic drum storage found in the 701.

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