Monday, February 14, 2005

Turing Trains

I spent several hours at home this morning, making algebra mistakes and listening to NPR. Among other things, I heard a KQED Forum broadcast on Bush's plan to eliminate Amtrak subsidies. Then I came to work and saw this plan to build a Turing machine out of trains, courtesy Pete.

C'mon! Even if national pride doesn't spur us on -- our rail system hardly meets the standards of any other first-world country -- the ability to use giant locomotives as computers must be taken seriously.