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Computers in the workplace

by Critical Commons Manager

In Hollywood of the early 1970s, mainframe computers were often depicted as being capable of assisting with a wide range of everyday activities, including gambling. This scene from The Thief Who Came to Dinner is symptomatic of broader cultural ambivalence about the introduction of computers in everyday life, as they simultaneously help with card counting in a poker hand but are also suspected of eliminating jobs for all but the lowliest technical support workers at Control Data Corporation.

A computer programmer realizes the value of computers for gambling in The Thief Who Came to Dinner

A computer is used to program gambling odds but also threatens to replace human jobs

from The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
Creator: Bud Yorkin
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager