Man and Computer : A Perspective


The film Man & Computer, made in 1967 by IBM’s UK branch, provides a basic understanding of computer operations. A large portion of the film shows the ways in which a computer can be simulated by five people using the standard office equipment of the day. The film employs a number of different techniques, including animations, and features a few brief scenes of an IBM System/360 in use—just months after the first machines were delivered.
Starting in the 1940s, IBM became a major producer of films used for sales, training, documenting business processes, entertaining at company functions, and educating the public. Several IBM films were made by respected filmmakers and sometimes featured well-known actors.

Catalog Number: 102702984
Lot Number: X3604.2006

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  1. Stefan Giös says

    Old tech computer description.

  2. Raymond Davies says

    6:47 The computer comes alive when the operator supplies it with a set of instructions, or program.17:23 The function of the control unit…18:42 SPEED and the fact that it is AUTOMATIC and RELIABLE

  3. Graeme Cole says

    7:13 Wow, Mark Zuckerberg has hardly aged at all since then.

  4. antigen4 says

    a rather machine centric and non visionary way of thinking – funny – this coming out around the same time as the mother of all demos which is kind of the opposite

  5. Proxy says

    8:54 3 billion…? we went from 3 billion to 7.5 Billion within 53 years

  6. Brad Wilcox says

    "Population total – 3 billion."That blew my mind to hear.

  7. Mario D. Zmaj says

    8:50 umm lol

  8. Brian Arbenz says

    Arthur Woooster and Terence Twigg. In the U.S., those strike us as the quintessential British names!

  9. Brian Arbenz says

    I love archived films like this one! It wasn't that long ago for me (I was 7 when this was made) and saw a live computer for the first time that same year.

  10. EricLehner says

    The older documentaries are so much more intelligent in conception, writing and thought provoking qualities. Today, documentaries are delivered in a more frantic, childish style. Contemporary documentaries do not seem to credit the audience with much intelligence.

  11. Roddy says

    Very informative, it's incredible how big, yet so limited a computer was back then.

  12. Toby Fox says

    I feel in the future with this video oh wait

  13. Piotr Lenarczyk says

    I am expert and as far as I know substraction is an addition of a negative value – the same history with multiplying reciprocal value as division

  14. KeinNiemand says

    But can it run crysis? 😀

  15. John Holmes says

    Population total 3 billion. WHAAT ??? no fucking way

  16. Stijn van Drongelen says

    18:28 "Telephone the computer"? What would you hear? A message strung together from prerecorded words?

  17. DataWaveTaGo says

    At 16:56 it states core memory can be read or written at almost the speed of light. Actually the access time of core was commonly one microsecond and that was a serious bottleneck. One microsecond core often sold for $1,000.00 per 8K bytes in the 1970s up to $8,000.00 for the same 8K bytes if it had an IBM label on it.

  18. Lava Kafle says

    cool for us computer scientists engineers analysts technicians woow 1965 

  19. Noel John G. #NOELQUEZON says

    1985 Microsoft was join IBM, try to get idea an Apple computer.

  20. Noel John G. #NOELQUEZON says

    THEN IBM and NOW LENOVO for those who do?

  21. goomba008 says

    These old corporate videos are excellent.  They're very similar to government or military tutorial/training videos.  I vaguely recall a similar one made by the US navy.  Unfortunately I can't track it down now.

  22. Colin Finch Mostlythinkihave says

    6:52 Television productions were much better then.

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  24. typograf62 says

    I like the fact, that the "human computer" has destructive memory read-out. A feature of ferrite core memory usually disguised by special circutry. 

  25. mcpartridgeboy says

    than god for IBM hey guys, if it wasnt for IBM that great company then the Nazi concentration camps couldnt be ran thans IBM for helping the Nazis kill more , many more millions of people.

  26. Gideon Paul says

    simple and effective 🙂

  27. PopeLando says

    I love the way it jumps from extremely simple problem anybody can do in their head … straight to completely impossible and impractical to execute problem of finding the average age of every single person on earth! Computers in 1965 actually were performing perfectly realistic and comprehensible tasks such as finding the average age of a company's customers. Bizarre going overboard for a instructional example. Interesting to see how "GOTO" hasn't been invented yet.

  28. Isaac Weber says

    They partied really weird in 1965, lol.

  29. Alexander Buist says

    Loved it, thanks for the upload

  30. Alex Smith says

    Google maps predicted at 19:25 onwards

  31. someguy25 says

    last time i checked there was 7 billion people on earth lol

  32. Yang Liao says

    When they first invented the computers, they thought that totally planned and controlled economy was possible. They apparently ignored the fact that the complexity of economy increases exponentially to the number of participants. Predicting the behaviour of a country of people is far beyond the ability of any computer or their unions.

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