Hi Colin, I like that article, especially the part: "Turing and von Neumann understood the limits of their models; late in life they both studied computing in spatial structures, pattern formation for Turing and self-replication for von Neumann. But their legacy lives on in the instruction pointer in most any processor, the modern descendant of Turing's head reading a tape. All of the other instructions not pointed to consume information processing resources, but don't process information."
I am actually working on research for a "spatial structure" based computational system. :-) I do agree more or less with your criticism of most of computer science, it has very little to do with Bacon's vision of science. The confusion between empirical science and exploration of theoretical models has infected large portions of academia, it happens that way for some reason. Do you have any speculations as to why? Maybe empirical science is very expensive in comparison with model exploration. On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM, Colin Geoffrey Hales < cgha...@unimelb.edu.au> wrote: > http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25377 > > > > *Neil Gershenfeld* <http://www.edge.org/memberbio/neil_gershenfeld> > > *Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms; Author, FAB* > > > > Totally agree: He blames Turing and von Neumann > > > > So do I. > > > > We stopped doing real empirical work on the inorganic brain 60 years ago. > We failed for 60 years to make an inorganic brain. > > > > Computer “Science” was never and never will be an empirical science at > all. It is 100% the experimental exploration of theoretical models .... and > has been generationally systemically confused with empirical science. > > > > Party’s over. > > > > Cheers > > Colin > > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to a topic in the > Google Groups "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this topic, visit > https://groups.google.com/d/topic/everything-list/TBc_y2MZV5c/unsubscribe. > To unsubscribe from this group and all its topics, send an email to > everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. > -- Kindest Regards, Stephen Paul King Senior Researcher Mobile: (864) 567-3099 stephe...@provensecure.com http://www.provensecure.us/ “This message (including any attachments) is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed, and may contain information that is non-public, proprietary, privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law or may be constituted as attorney work product. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, notify sender immediately and delete this message immediately.” -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.