'A Computer for Underdeveloped Countries' in Hypermodern. A Magazine of New Ideas. No. 4
Santiago, Dominican Republic: Hypermodern, 1968. 4to, 24 pp, side-stapled.
Fourth issue of this far ranging and eccentric little magazine published from the Dominican Republic by a young Allan B. Calhamer, who later would find infamy as the inventor of the game Diplomacy. Just under the covers of this issue alone, Calhamer, who seems to have written all the articles within, which cover such wide-ranging topics as the Population Explosion, the possible contribution of psychiatry to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, reducing blunders in Chess, geological predictions on the demise of Niagara Falls, and, of special note, a proposal for creating computers in underdeveloped countries using "human rather than electronic components," by training workers to do a single small task and using "programmers" to oversee the operation and create programs which could be replicated from place to place.
Rare. OCLC locates holdings at four locations, but this is the only copy of any issue we've seen in the trade.
Hand-addressed by Calhamer, stampled, mailed, and franked. Folded twice for mailing, with a couple innocuous 1" coffe stain to back cover which penetrates slightly. Very good. Item #30554