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Throwback Thursday: dark lady

Fifty years ago, in our March 1965 issue, a young journalist named Paul Steiger ’64 wrote about a conference at Yale on computers and the humanities. “To many humanists,” he wrote, “the computer is still a Dark Lady, whose prospective debuts in their corner of academia must be always met with suspicion, sometimes with scorn, and occasionally with massive resistance.”

So what do you think? Per our photo caption of the Computer Center (now Watson Hall, the former home of the School of Management), is the computer 50 years later a Servant of Man or Pandora’s Box?


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