some nerd ish
the first computer (MANIAC), Alan Turing, a bunch of sooper smatry pants’s, etc
Q&A: Hacker Historian George Dyson Sits Down With Wired’s Kevin Kelly
Wired: How did the MANIAC project get started?
Dyson: The von Neumann project was funded to do H-bomb calculations. It was a deal with the devil: If they designed this ultimate weapon, they could have this fantastic machine.
Wired: So the creation of digital life was rooted in death?
bop on over to Wired and check it out.