The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 33

The Brain Center at Whipple's

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Aired Unknown May 15, 1964 on CBS
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A factory CEO replaces human workers with machines.

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  • Machines Replacing Human Workers - but at a hyper-exaggerated timeframe

    10
    First aired in May 1964, and set in the late '67/early '68 timeframe, the machines are replacing humans at the "Whipple Factory" left and right. Here we are in 2015, and the scenario of machines replacing human workers "wholesale" as described in this episode is really only just beginning, and happening much more slowly than plays out at the Whipple Factory. What was seen as taking 4-5 years in 1964, will turn out to take 50-80 years in actuality, and allow humans to move into other technically-oriented specialties, if they have the gumption to keep on learning/working... others will have more time for leisure, as is alluded to in this episode. All in all, I'd have to say that the human-perspective problems described are "hyper-exaggerated" - both Whipple's attitude & the speed of technological improvements (which are 1000x more rapid than the Moore's Law pace we are actually experiencing... interestingly, Moore's Law was first described in a paper published in 1965, about the same time this episode was aired); so, while there may be some lessons to be learned from this episode, in the end, things are really too unrealistic to give us a true "lay of the land" (to use a phrase of Whipple's).moreless
  • Shut up, Mel!

    7.5
    This story is relevant almost 50 years later. It highlights the myopia of corporate thinking

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    • (Mr. Whipple has been explaining the advantages of a computer over a real, living secretary.)
      Whipple:...No more coffee breaks, no more sick leave; no more petty inconveniences like maternity...
      Technician: "Inconveniences like maternity!" Mr. Whipple, if we keep on with this kind of thing, we're going to have wonderful products--but mighty few people to buy them!

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