Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Magic is just programming without knowledge

There is nothing more cringe-inducing than seeing somebody try to program something without actually knowing what's going on. With some exceptions, programming allows you to know precisely what's going on. Not knowing how something works should trigger some alarm bells.

Magic might be an ancient form of "programming" nature where most of knowledge has actually been lost. Without factual information, only rituals were kept and some basic notions.

I wouldn't be surprised if in 1000 years or so we have a high-priest class of programmers that need to take care of computerized systems so old they forgot the logic behind them. They will basically become magicians.

2 comments:

Nilu said...

Mda, la Vernor Vinge apare meseria de Software Archaeologist - un individ care se ocupa cam cu aceleasi chestii ca si "magicienii".

Superloser said...

The priests of the temple of syrinx!

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