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Innovations: The Brain

Newspaper photo of IBM computer.

Among the many innovations associated with the 1960 Winter Olympics was the use of "The Brain," an IBM computer housed in the press building at the Olympic site. This RAMAC computer was part of an integrated system that allowed for the automatic calculation of scores and the competitors' ratings. Results were teletyped to the Mapes hotel where a corps of media had set up shop to broadcast the results to the world.