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Think Again: Cobalt Computer

Series

Series Name
Living Tomorrow

Issue

Issue No.
269
Date Released
1981
Length of issue (in feet)
522
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Think Again: Laundering Oil
  2. 2Think Again: Vortex
  3. 3Think Again: Cobalt Computer

Story

Story No. within this Issue
3 / 3
Summary
COI synopsis: Man’s compulsive search for perfection dictates a continuous re-appraisal of past success. For the enquiring mind, it’s just not enough that something works adequately - it can always be improved. In a London hospital, a bed performs a slow, gyrating, sophisticated, weird dance: and all its movements are controlled by computer. It’s the latest equipment to irradiate and excise irregular cancers that may form in the body; not as discrete lumps, but as malignancies that stretch down the thorax, for example. Pre-programmed, the bed swirls the patient in front of a cobalt head, eliminating the cancer without damaging other vital organs.
Keywords
Health and medicine; Science and technology; Engineering; Computers and computing; Design
Written sources
COI Microfilm Roll 55 [BFI National Archive]   Used for synopsis
COI Reference
MI 1458/269
Credits:
Sponsor
Central Office of Information (COI)
Sponsor
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Cutter
Fred Goodland
Cutter
Mike Murray

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Film Archive

Name
British Film Institute (BFI)
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Notes
The BFI National Archive also preserves the original nitrate film copies of British Movietone News, British Paramount News, Empire News Bulletin, Gaumont British News, Gaumont Graphic, Gaumont Sound News and Universal News (the World War II years are covered by the Imperial War Museum).
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