[Humanist] 23.426 embracing static
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Mon Nov 9 07:24:05 CET 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 426.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 08:57:53 +0000
From: "Clark, Stephen" <srlclark at liverpool.ac.uk>
Subject: RE: [Humanist] 23.423 embracing static
In-Reply-To: <20091108081814.85BF941F69 at woodward.joyent.us>
Francois Lachance said:
"I am a great believer in the generative power of noise, static
and other such sources of randomness."
I thought I remembered a short story by Asimov, called "Noise", in which a group of scientists are fed what turns out to be faked imagery of an anti-gravity machine, together with random bits of background information. They manage, under this challenge, to invent an anti-gravity machine..... The moral being as Francois suggests.
Actually, it seems to have been a short story by one Bill Wesley, called "Crash Program" in a magazine called Future Science Fiction, December 1958. But I think the plot was as I remember (see http://interactions.acm.org/content/?p=1291). There seems to be no online information about Wesley: is this perhaps an Asimov pseudonym (just seeking to vindicate my memory!)?
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