Sunday Book-Thought 119

Certainly anyone who has discovered the power of personal computing as an adult is going to have an old way of doing things and will discover a new and better way.
The more I deal with personal computing, the more the computer becomes an extension of my own mind. I am far more creative and productive than I could be without it. A computer is really an amplifier of a person. With it you can take whatever you do and do even more – which enhances the kinds of problems you can attack and solve. And if you’re programming, the act of debugging may change the way that you think about solving problems.
– Natalie Dehn, ‘Natalie Dehn Reflects on Artificial Intelligence’, Personal Computing, 7.6 (June 1983), 49-53, 213 (p. 213).

Sunday Book-Thought 112

In essence, we still don’t know what machines are capable of, because so much of the effort over the years has been to try to produce machines that function correctly. Why don’t we put our attention somewhere else? I’m sure we’ll be able to discover endless amounts of interesting, creative possibilities. Instead of being monomaniacally focused on efficiency, function, expedience, outcomes, production – what if we pursue different virtues?
Alexander R. Galloway [in an an interview by Martina Leeker], ‘Intervening Infrastructures: Ad Hoc Networking and Liberated Computer Language’, in Interventions in Digital Cultures: Technology, the Political, Methods, ed. by Howard Caygill, Martina Leeker, and Tobias Schulze (Lüneburg: meson press, 2017), pp. 60-72 (p. 72).