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Project MAC (time-sharing computing project)

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5 Author(s)
Lee, J.A.N. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Fano, R.M. ; Scherr, A.L. ; Corbato, F.J.
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The history of Project MAC from its inception is reviewed. It is noted that the story of Project MAC is a continuation of that of CTSS (Compatible Time-Sharing System), marking the transfer of an experimental system into the practical academic field and thence into the commercial field. Two men were key to this recognition of the value of the work by Corbato et al.-J.C.R. Licklider and R.M. Fano. Licklider's early concepts of man-computer symbiosis were identified as being supportive of the ideas which led to the development of CTSS, and his relocation to the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) puts him in a position to do something about his aspirations. Excerpts from reports dealing with Project MAC are presented.<>

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )