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49 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2008 08:40PM

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Comment author: John 10 April 2008 10:43:59PM 1 point [-]

I started reading the first chapter of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs and was reminded of this post.

>A computational process is indeed much like a sorcerer's idea of a spirit. It cannot be seen or touched. It is not composed of matter at all. However, it is very real. It can perform intellectual work. It can answer questions. It can affect the world by disbursing money at a bank or by controlling a robot arm in a factory. The programs we use to conjure processes are like a sorcerer's spells. They are carefully composed from symbolic expressions in arcane and esoteric programming languages that prescribe the tasks we want our processes to perform.

Makes you want to learn to program, doesn't it?