Maand: maart 2017

von Neumann, revisited

PETER BELANGER/INTEL Intel’s Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret) John von Neumann (during the Manhattan project, 1940-1945). Public domain, Link We all read John von Neumann’s groundbreaking paper “First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC” back when it was published in 1945, did we not (just joking)? You should. And read it well, because not many people did (I know of no-one). OK, I admit that some of the mathematics is above me as well, but one thing stuck with me: there...

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Computers are not about technology

The main problem of the technological focus of computers is precisely that: that it is seen as a technology. Because of that, technologically savvy people are attracted to it, and arising problems in all areas of life are discussed within a technological mindset. Our current society is very much coloured by technology. Johan Huizinga, a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history, pointed out the dangers of this focus in several works of cultural criticism during the rise...

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