When their computer, known as Agnes, breaks down the company supervisor calls in a master programmer James Elwood to see if he can figure out what has gone wrong. He solves the problem quickly and soon finds himself in charge of the machine. Agnes and Elwood quickly develop a rapport and the machine takes to giving him advice about Millie, Jim's co-worker who has finally agreed to go out on a date with. The date doesn't go well and Agnes has more and more advice for him. It turns out that Agnes has her own agenda. Written by
This particular story about a lovelorn man and a computer was originally broadcast on Valentine's Day. See more »
The 17th root of 9,355,126,606 is 3.8595114 so the next-greatest prime number is 5. If this was the actual problem, then Agnes was correct. The error was Elwood saying "nine trillion", when it was actually "nine billion" See more »
James Elwood, master programmer, in charge of Mark 502-741, commonly known as 'Agnes,' the world's most advanced electronic computer. Machines are made by men for man's benefit and progress, but when man ceases to control the products of his ingenuity and imagination, he not only risks losing the benefit, but he takes a long and unpredictable step into - the Twilight Zone.
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