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You're reading: Digital Tonto: The improbable origins of modern computing

Futuristic buzzwords like the social web, strong AI, and the web of things have
become fashionable to talk about as hot new trends, but our digital
future will most likely be far stranger and more wonderful than anything
we can imagine today.

The truth is that new paradigms arise from novel solutions to old
problems.  Those solutions in turn have consequences that are both
unforeseen and unintended.  Much of today’s technology began as
investigations into obscure curiosities in first-order logic, radio
communication and the like.  The seeds of the next wave will be just as
improbable.

Logic was first developed by Aristotle
in ancient times and survived for over 2000 years without any
significant augmentation or alteration.  It was one of those things,
much like the ebb and flow of the tides or the rise and setting of the
sun, that you simply accepted. You didn’t question it anymore than you
would question day turning into night.

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