Thinking Machine, Astounding Science Fiction cover Title: Thinking Machine, Astounding Science Fiction cover
Photographer: Emshwiller, Ed
Date: 1957-10
Credit Line: Used with permission of Dell Magazines
Accession: L062302011

The emergence of electronic computers led to much speculation about “thinking machines.” In light of all the scientific accomplishments at the time of World War II–such as jet aircraft, the atomic bomb and antibiotics–there seemed to be no limit to what science could achieve, including, perhaps, building a machine that could think.