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    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.

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      Excellent reminder that computers, and computer programs, are just machines. Probably some of the most complicated machines in the world, but nothing magical.

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        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?… :-/

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        Reminds me of the Turing Tumble mechanical computers for teaching kids (highly recommend).