Computers obviously not harmful (was: Re: [plt-scheme] Computers considered harmful)

From: Noel Welsh (noelwelsh at
Date: Mon May 11 04:45:44 EDT 2009

On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 8:07 PM, John Clements <clements at> wrote:
> To be somewhat more specific: imagine using an FRP model to program a robot
> to add one to each element of a list:  The robot's state would probably
> include 'what element I'm visiting', and perhaps an 'add one' operation.
>  The point is that even a purely functional solution is placed into a robot
> framework that turns it into a sequence of mutations.

Depends upon the level of abstraction. Imagine a robot with a binary
sensor pair? and two actions, head and rest...

Are you firing shots across MIT's bow?


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