The modern computer, capable of handling countless operations as well as various forms of “new media,” has come a long way, owing much of its progress to three distinct developmental drivers. In this post I hope to touch upon the key points within each of these drivers.
1. Boolean logic and physical form
DeLanda begins his story of the development of computing with a look at the “abstract machine,” an idea that allows us to begin to transfer the power of the human mind to physical machine. An “abstract machine,” he explains, is self driven and powered by the differences of the mechanisms that run it. These machines are essentially powered by the flow of energy between two combined entities that existed in different states. Continue reading