Rustic Computing refers to the construction of calculation machines using pre-industrial or even pre-historic technology.

It reveals a history of computing as the pastime of dilettantes, amateur scientists and tabulators who construct machines to manipulate abstract symbols with no practical application. As these machines are generally less efficient than conventional pencil and paper computation, they allude to a more epicurean practice of computing for pleasure rather than production.

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@neauoire @unrznbl I recently revived the concept for a work that was shown in Russia this last summer. Hopefully I will have some time this week to add some more info and the pdf:

wintermute.org/project/Rustic_

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@neauoire @unrznbl Ok. Hit reload on the page. There's a link now.

I got some nice paper and manila folios today – I will print up a little edition if anybody wants to buy a hard copy.

@exquisitecorp @neauoire @praxeology Oh this is real neat. Reminds me of my "what are computers really good for" question given the scale of work they do for "normal" things like image decoding.

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