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Recalcitrance and the supercomputer

by Critical Commons Manager

An improbable sequence of switch flipping on a still-current Siemens 4004 computer purports to convey an antagonistic conversation between human and machine. Although computers in technology films of the 1970s rarely perform as promised, the image of so overtly recalcitrant and mischievous a supercomputer is rarely seen in the Hollywood imaginary of that era.

A recalcitrant supercomputer defies its operator in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A recalcitrant Siemens System 4004 supercomputer refuses to participate in "the greatest miracle of the machine age"

from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Creator: Mel Stuart
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager