The Inevitable Age of AI

Arc Sosangyo
Geek Culture
Published in
5 min readNov 30, 2021

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Rich corporations and powerful countries will never stop

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“Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.” — Andy Grove

In 1880, the United States faced a significant population growth, causing the tabulation of the U.S. census results to take a lengthy 7–8 years. As a planner during that time, heavily relying on census data to make informed decisions about the future, the waiting period for obtaining such vital information would have been quite extensive. However, the game changed in 1890 with the arrival of Herman Hollerith and his groundbreaking invention.

Hollerith introduced a superior method called the Tabulating Machine, which utilized a punch card system. This innovation revolutionized the tabulation process, providing a more organized, accurate, and efficient way to conduct the census. The Tabulating Machine accomplished the task in just 2–3 years, while also saving the government a remarkable $5 million (equivalent to around $140,000,000.00 in 2021, considering inflation).

The advent of tabulating machines opened the world’s eyes to the efficiency of computers and their ability to solve real-world problems. Today, we find computers ubiquitous, as they excel in processing data rapidly and…

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Arc Sosangyo
Geek Culture

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