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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - April 18, 1963, Tokyo, Japan Beware the robot tax collector by Ramond Crowley the associated press tempted to fudge on their Federal returns should think they May be up against a formidable com including 1 a robot without any feelings 2 a bureaucrat who admires the logic of Aristotle 3 a Gal whose eyes change from Blue to Green depending on what color Eye Shadow she is these Are among the workers in a modernistic building at in the Shenan Doah Valley Apple the building houses the National com Puter Center of the internal re venue the or is checking millions of tax returns from the Eastern by it will be prying into returns from All Over the estimated 78 including individuals and raw As the figures on your punched on cards in regional offices in Atlanta and these cards Transfer the information to magnetic the tax accounts on a reel about a foot in then flown to then the computer goes to fed the raw it against a master file to see whether a taxpayer has filed All returns lawfully whether he up to Date on payments and whether there is anything suspicious about then the machine produces another tape for shipment Back to the this can automatically write notices that a person that he mus pro Duce his papers for an or that he is even with the when the computer sends out a notice requiring an it begins counting the and if a taxpayer does not respond in time it fires off a sterner it can Alert Revenue agents to slap a Lien on the old Homestead yes can automatically write a refund Check if in charge of this awesome setup not a High domed you might an English major from Bowdoin College class of 1940 John Stewart by he is an unusual in that he takes Pride in the Small size of his 78 persons in addition to the robot the machine is he but far More important Are the people attending they dont necessarily have have advanced University but they have an aptitude an ability to do some abstract reasoning like the logic of a master philosopher of ancient above they have to the Able to get along with other because this is a team one of the youngest members of the team is a 20yearold a Looker named Naomi she does not claim to understand the computers thoroughly in Accord with its i think everybody ought to pay his proper no More and no she a newsman with a passion remarked that he had no trouble Figur ing out that her hair is but was puzzled by the color of her that depends on the dress i am wearing and Eye she explain today i am wearing a beige dress and Green therefore the eyes Are is it All right with you if i go Back to work now it turns out that checking on tax cheaters is not the sole reason for the though an important even if everybody were 100 per cent internal Revenue would drown in a sea of paper work As the Popula Tion hence the resort to Auto automation has its officials explained that the Quality of the computers work depends on the Quality of the data fed into Neil administrative assistant to quoted an adage of computer men garbage garbage not that the machine int smart in Many it has a vast for one also there Are some things it wont if a tape is say by the imprint of a human the machine balks and this helps prevent some Long unemployed Man in Tuscaloosa from getting a Shock in the form of a million tax by the time the computer Center is in full operation in about 500 Miles of tape will be stored enough stretch from there to it would do no Good for some tax dodger gone berserk to blow the place up to foil the Revenue a duplicate master tape is kept in a re Mote it is hot secret that the Remote Loca trva6ain fudging Tion at but nuclear Energy being what it officials plan to move it somewhere else perhaps to a Cavern deep Iii a All workers at seem to enjoy the automated though some have reservations about the fully Auto mated there is a machine to serve cold another machine to heat them asked How she liked this Dorothy said without its All right for a i but i dont think i could eat it every she 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