1964. That’s the IBM Model 360, which the city of Minneapolis rented for $57,000 a year. (In modern terms, that would be $57,000 a year.) The city employee holds forth the brave new water bill, which came in handy, unintelligible punch-card form. I remember when many bills came in this style, along with college-class registration materials; they all forbade me to “fold, spindle or mutilate” the card, lest errors be introduced into the database, and the entire information infrastructure not only collapse, but do so without one of those bitterly ironic “Twilight Zone” twists that left a scarred contortionist (Burgess Meredith) as the only man alive.