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The computer debate From Mr M. K. Hurst his views on the use of computers: I have been following with interest the debate on computers which has been continuing in the Verulam columns, and I would like to add my two-pennyworth. It seems to me that computers have two distinct advantages over the human brain-their ability both to store and retrieve vast quantities of information and to perform lengthy calculations on them, both operations being performed extremely rapidly and accurately. As long as computers are used to perform just these functions, as is the case in most business applications, they are being used to their best advantage. Verulam