“On Computable Numbers, With An Application To The Entschedungsproblem” Paper by Alan Turing in 1936.
Phew. I just finished the final draft for HTSM, or “How To Speak Machine,” so it looks like it’ll get published by the end of this year. Pre-order Now Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
It’s the hard to beat the eery feeling of studying Wolfram’s Rule 30.
“Although crashes caused by hardware are possible, most computer crashes are caused by errors in the OS software.” —Scientific American
From Michael Corballis: Recursion (rĭ-kûr’-zhən) noun. If you still don’t get it see recursion.
One of my favorite pieces by Bob Lefsetz is the one written shortly after George Michael passed away. It’s a letter that is raw in the same, patent way that Lefsetz usually writes, but to me it is also expressed in a way that a computer would have an extremely difficult time understanding what’s being […]
In a terrific article by Colin Morris in The Pudding he talks about the similarity of songs in the pop music sphere.
excerpts via Wired in 1995 Wired (1995): How has living on airplanes – being in the clouds all day – changed your perspective on the world? Negroponte (1995): When you go around the world a half dozen times each year it reinforces the fact that this planet is one complex place, with many perspectives, the least attractive […]
via PC World “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson, CEO IBM (1943) [Time]
“The transistor was probably the most important invention of the 20th Century, and the story behind the invention is one of clashing egos and top secret research….” via PBS.org [Shockley’s] device, the junction (sandwich) transistor, was developed in a burst of creativity and anger, mostly in a hotel room in Chicago.