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In the 1950s, businessman and machines manufacturer Remington Rand introduced America to the UNIVAC, the first commercial computer made in the United States. This particular television commercial spotlights the UNIVAC's weather forecasting capability while providing a brief explanation of the major parts of the UNIVAC system. "Data from guided weather rockets, radar observation stations, weather stations ... all of this can be fed into the computer through magnetic tapes at a rate of 12,000 letters or numbers per second," Rand said. "All of this information is analyzed in the heart of the UNIVAC, the electronic central computer, capable of making over 2,000 mathematical calculations per second."

H/t Ian Miles Cheong.

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