UNIVAC 1 computer system
Title: UNIVAC 1 computer system
Date: 1953 ca.
Accession: 102645278
The Univac I delivered to the U.S. Census Bureau was the first commercial computer to attract widespread public attention mainly on the strength of its televised prediction of the 1952 Presidential election. As a result, the word "Univac" was often used interchangeably for "computer." It also stimulated the popular imagination about the possibility of building "giant brains" or machines that could "think."