Issue No. 03 - July-September (1986 vol. 8)
<p>The simple answer to the question of why AFIPS invested in history - given the benefit of today's 20/20 hindsight - is that there is no economic market for the history of contemporary technology. In the special case of information technology, everyone involved is far too busy keeping up with today's events and tomorrow's predictions, and no time is available to be concerned about yesterday.</p>
W. M. Carlson, "Why AFIPS Invested in History," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 8, no. , pp. 270-274, 1986.