[extropy-chat] Using Graphic controllers

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sun Apr 18 19:55:14 UTC 2004

On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 12:50:07PM -0400, David Lubkin wrote:

> When a technical term is incorrect, or discovery/invention is 
> misattributed, the scientific and engineering communities have often 
> changed their terminology as evidence has warranted.

I specifically used a "in the widest" sense modifier. Von Neumann has a
specific use, similiar to Harvard architecture. I informally lumped them
together to denote a "large, dumb data/instruction store" and "small, 
smart processing mill" as set apart to "small cells, simple state, local
synchronous, globally asynchronous operation". There's a continuum between
these both, of course, but current architectures tend to ride the extremes.
> Whether *they* do or not in this case, I encourage *you* and others on the 
> list to use the phrase "EDVAC design," both because it is more accurate and 
> out of whatever respect you have for me, much as I credit Robin with idea 
> futures or Arthur Kantrowitz with laser launching.

I don't care much either way, but I'd put John Brunner's "Shockwave Rider" as
strong prior art for idea futures.

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