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.
From computing pioneer Brad Meyers: A motivation for this article is to overcome the mistaken impression that much of the important work in Human-Computer Interaction occurred in industry, and if university research in Human-Computer Interaction is not supported, then industry will just carry on anyway. This is simply not true.
According to the 1960s timeline from the Smithsonian: “In 1964, the number of computers in the United States has grown to seventeen thousand (up from fifteen in 1954).”