Bits Blog: Big Data Sleuthing, 1960s Style
An I.B.M.computer made for the National Security Agency, delivered in 1962, shows how intelligence agencies have long been among the most demanding of customers for advanced computing, data collection and data analysis technology. …
In the old days, the quarry was not some Qaeda operative but Karla, a Soviet agent. Yet while the context may have been different, the institutional impulse was similar more than five decades ago when, in 1962, I.B.M. delivered the top-secret Stretch-Harvest computer to the National Security Agency.
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