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In a 1948 paper, published in the Australian Journal of Science, he envisaged using a digital electronic computer for providing information over a national telecommunications network:
It is not inconceivable that an automatic encyclopedic service operated through the national teleprinter or telephone system, will one day exist.
He bet that he could make an electronic device that would be 1000 times faster than the best electronic device of the time. One of his calculators filled a small room, weighing 7 tons.
- Pearcey, Trevor Pearcey (1949). "Modern Trends in Machine Computation". Supplement to the Australian Journal of Science. X (4): i–xx. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)