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Comment: Re:I always wondered (Score 1) 63

by chrischan (#36832178) Attached to: Scientists Make Biochem "Brain" From DNA Strands
Show me an articulated robot that moves around as long as humans do without totally falling apart every 3 days/months/years and we can start this discussion. Even without any moving parts: Show me *any* kind of artificial (non-organic) device that can process information for 70 years without any interference from outside (like my brain can do), and we can start to think about how organic components are less durable than inorganic ones. Until then, my imaginated cyborg is going to have his inorganic mechanics replaced every couple of days/months/years.

Comment: Tell him about artificial life (Score 1) 1095

by chrischan (#24286909) Attached to: How To Encourage a Young Teen To Learn Programming?
Independent from the decision what language to learn, talk to him about artificial life (programming little animats that live in an artificial environment and have artificial genetics). It is such great fun to program little animals running across the screen. IMHO, this is a perfect approach to learn programming:
(1) You can start off simple (without any genetics or physics) and already have fun, then add more and more features to your animats and to your environment.
(2) The concept of object oriented design is very obvious here: each animat is an instance of a class and has methods and attributes.
(3) If you add genetics, your son will develop a natural view on evolution, which in turn will prevent him from becoming a creationist (god willing).

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.