In these [applications] the ultra-rapid digital computing machines will be supplemented by pieces of apparatus which take the readings of gauges, of thermometers, or photo-electric cells, and translate them into the digital input of computing machines. The new assemblages will also contain effectors, by which the numerical output of the central machine will be converted into the rotation of shafts, or the admission of chemicals into a tank, or the heating of a boiler, or some other process of the kind. Furthermore, the actual performance of these effector organs as well as their desired performance will be read by suitable gauges and taken back into the machine as part of the information on which it works. The general outline of the processes to be carried out will be determined by what computation engineers call taping, which will state and determine the sequence of the processes to be performed. The possibility of learning may be built in by allowing the taping to be re-established in a new way by the performance of the machine and the external impulses coming into it, rather than having it determined by a closed and rigid setup, to be imposed on the apparatus from the beginning.
Sometimes it seems that there's not a lot new under the sun.
or have been set aside for one reason or another
quite a bit of it was anticipated by Westinghouse (the company) and their methods of remote control and remote telemetry for industrial and commercial purposes (using tone-activated mechanical relay and tuning fork systems over the early phone system!
I often wonder just what ideas have been postulated today that have either not received any great exposure, or have been set aside for one reason or another - only to languish for years or decades until they'll get dusted off sometime in the future, only to find that the idea cures cancer or does something else "miraculous" that could have been done TODAY.
In the UK we where doing this in in 1942!. Google project ULTRA and the enigma codes.
Let's write down how things will be 64 years from now in the future .