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The computers that help aid the escapism of Hollywood movies

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Dr Strangelove computer
Dr Strangelove computer

It’s not uncommon to see a large bank of flashing lights and spinning tapes in the backgrounds of old movies, but they’re not just elaborate props. Wired keenly points out the number of times the IBM AN/FSQ-7 makes an appearance in Hollywood films and television shows over the years, always performing impossible tasks for characters. The AN/FSQ-7 isn’t the only inappropriately commissioned machine, however: as the source link demonstrates, there are plenty of computers used purely for show in an attempt to create movie magic.