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OOH ERR ERNIE! July 10, 2008

Posted by kewroad in ERNIE, government, premium bonds.
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News today that the original ERNIE computer, which generated random numbers for UK Government Premium Bonds, is on display at London’s Science Museum. Made me think how much this was a bold PR move by the post-war UK Government. How to get citizens to give the Government money at a time of austerity? Well let’s win their trust by getting a computer not a civil servant to randomly choose the winning number. An added bonus was associating government policy with what was then considered white-hot high tech – another antidote for the post-war murk n gloom
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