Sufficiently Advanced Magic

I say computing is equivalent to Magic. You have powerful imps (processors) responding to arcane commands (programming) spoken from special books (DRAM or Flash) Or HD to DRAM to L2 cache to L1 cache – nested special books.

But I just defined Computing Magic without referencing any particularly Magic Components. Does that make Computing Magic an emergent phenomenon, like thermodynamics or the nation-state?

Or does Arthur Clarke’s “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” statement amount to a knowledge threshold test? Do I insufficiently understand computing if I compare it to magic? But I can program, I know how to make memories. My skill with logic breaks after counters and flip-flops. Is that my Beyond Here There Be Dragons?


Or I’m just trying to build a house in Metaphor City.

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