Now, this is the kind of computer we’ll be using post-collapse. We just need a port of an old Unix kernel, and a strong crankin’ arm.
Excellent reminder that computers, and computer programs, are just machines. Probably some of the most complicated machines in the world, but nothing magical.
It’s also why I have a strong sense that androids can not have consciousness (as in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualia ). It’s hard to imagine that there could be subjective perceptual sensation of “redness” in the movement of a wooden pin.
But then again, what’s the magical part in our wetware?… :-/
Reminds me of the Turing Tumble mechanical computers for teaching kids (highly recommend).