Belanger has written something like Vannevar Bush's 1940's IOW paper "As We May Think", predicting something like the Web. I am presuming that there is a lot of clever machinery out there for office work (including copiers and digital faxes), some scientific analysis (perhaps an analog machine to do Fourier transforms and such -- I think their biology is quite good so we'll assume they have the structure of DNA), and communications, but they have missed the idea of the general-purpose computer. (DAMB)

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