Tuesday, April 07, 2009

odd types of computer

the occasionally awesome James May on TV this week explained semi-conductors by olding up a spoon (conductor) and a copy of a vinyl record in cardboard record cover of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (insulator)

this made me think of alternative crazy types of gate that one might propose

historical battles (marathon, poitiers 1&2 etc) aer really gating functions to either populations or cultures moving from one area to another - think of the movement as a large current, and the small armies (relatively speaking ) as a voltage applied - i.e. valve/transistor/switch/gate...

so the whole of history of human migration and population plus landmark battles could be viewed as a computation....what does it compute tho? 42? 23? or does it just deliver a ring pull from a coke can to a stranded tralfamadorian on Titan?

2 Comments:

Blogger Richard G. Clegg said...

As with so many things, Kurt Vonnegut provides an answer to this -- in this case, in "The Sirens of Titan".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sirens_of_Titan

In summary the answer is "Hello World"

3:24 AM  
Blogger clog said...

I thought "." simply meant
"greetings"
in tralfamdorian....

the cool bit is how they look like upsidedown coke bottles...

3:53 AM  

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