The Night the Computer Stole the Engineer's Brain

by Achintya Haldar, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, Georgia,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 2, Pg. 68-70

Document Type: Feature article


The computer was supposed to be the engineer's servant. But somehow he'd become the robot-like slave of the computer, doing little more than feeding in input and carrying away output. In this piece, through the medium of a short story, the author underscores some of the pitfalls of using a computer. This piece won Third Prize in the Civil Engineering--ASCE 1982 Essay Contest.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering

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