"A computer is just a calculator with a to-do list."

@neauoire I’m currently reading „a biography of the pixel“ (great book), and the author makes a great point (among many others):
A computer is fundamentally distinct from a calculator, because computation is universal.
The fact that most computers we build primarily crunch numbers distracts from another: The Turing Machine‘s definition does not require numbers, nor math operators, only symbols and rules. Computers are orthogonal to math :)

@neauoire I was asked what a computer was in an interview. “An over complicated calculator”. I got the job :D

@neauoire My dad loves talking about how when he first started hearing people suggest we might have computers in our homes, his baffled first thought was “What are we gonna do, store recipes on it?”

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