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On “Becoming Human” – Part 2

February 24, 2010

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LINK TO: Part 1 WARNING: This post is jargontastic.  I’ve included lots of Wikipedia links, but it still may be difficult for readers unfamiliar with certain concepts or unaccustomed to my blather.  If this is a greater challenge than you find enjoyable, then do skip it.  I hope to return to these concepts in a […]

On “Becoming Human” – Part 1

January 26, 2010

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Part three of the Throwing Spear Saga is still coming.  I promise.  But … on Sunday I watched part one of the Nova documentary “Becoming Human“.  Part one was entitled “First Steps” and it seems to tie very neatly into my own speculations from the Ancient Computing Revolution post. The main question that “First Steps” […]

Ancient Computing Revolution

January 18, 2010

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NOTE: Don’t let the title fool you.  This is a post about the nature of humanity. Humans have built computing machinery for thousands of years, but in the 1800s an incredible transition began: programmability.  Born for the purpose of more flexibly automating looms, the technology of machines that can execute arbitrary lists of instructions was […]