Abstract Machines

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Not having earned a degree in CS, I always find these kinds of discussions completely fascinating. Thanks, Igor!

You spin me right round baby right round.

Rated 5

Anonymous at 18:17 on 16 May 2014

THUMBSUP! "Godel, Escher & Bach" RULEZ!!!

great talk. going to watch it again, just to fill in the gaps where my mind was blown. outstanding

Blew my mind. I like that. Thanks Igor!

Great talk, Igor!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the concepts explained in the talk and the philosophical tangent of the finite state machines topic.

As I have communicated after the talk, it is a great reminder of something that many developers do not realize even though they use FSMs pretty much every day while developing various finite state flows and divergent states of their applications. While these topics were relevant to me as a developer, I felt like there needed to be more connection made to the every day struggles of backend web developers. Despite that minor wish, no doubt the presentation sparked a lot of conversation and that is where the value of the ideas presented lives on.

Thank you for blowing our minds a bit and a lot. While(true) mind = blown;

Mind. Blown.

A bit long, but an amazing volume of heavy content and made to look easy - I enjoyed it tremendously.

This talk exposes some of the ideas about how calculations are done in a context in which many people are likely not aware.

This sort of knowledge is important because it helps to give one perspective.

Did I walk away with any directly implementable tactics for my applications? No.

But, I did walk away with a renewed passion for systems and I find that my mental aesthetic has been augmented with an improved willingness to brave the wild world of engineering.

Inspiration to grow as an individual is very important. Thanks, Igor.

I may have missed it, but I didn't catch anything in the talk about how these concepts apply to real day-to-day development.

Igor (Speaker) at 16:13 on 14 Jun 2014

Josh Justice, thanks for your feedback. It tells me that I need work harder to explain how these concepts are used in regexes, parsers, compilers... and how undecidability affects the programs that we write every day.