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  1. The PiDP-10 is a modern reproduction of the PDP-10, powered by a Raspberry Pi and featuring a front panel with tons of LEDs and switches. It's designed for those who want to experience the computing power of the 1960s, but with a modern twist.
  2. Excavations in Turkey have revealed a previously unknown Anatolian-Indo-European language, Kalašma, dating back around 3,000 years. The language is similar to Luwian and has been deciphered by researchers from the University of Worzburg and Istanbul University.
  3. This paper explores the history of ELIZA, the world's first chatbot, and how it was actually intended as a platform for research into human-machine interaction and interpretation, not as a chatbot.
  4. Article by Danny Hillis for Physics Today reprinted with permission, describing Richard Feynman's involvement with the Connection Machine project at Thinking Machines Corporation in the late 1980s. Feynman contributed significantly to the project, including designing an algorithm for computing logarithms and working on the router design.
  5. An article by Phillip Morrison exploring the concept of machine thinking in the age of computers. The author discusses the recurring question of why life is different from non-life, with each new generation of machines that simulate aspects of life.
  6. This article discusses the excavations in Pella, ancient Macedonia, that are shedding new light on Alexander the Great's early life. The article covers the palace, school, and other significant finds.
  7. A tribute to the Z80 microprocessor, which has been discontinued after 48 years. The article discusses the history of the Z80, from its creation at Intel to its eventual departure from the market.
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  9. This article discusses the MIT Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab's 'Tourist Policy' and how it impacted students' access to its resources. As a high school student in Maryland, the author shares their experience of using the lab's PDP-10s over the ARPANET and how it inspired them to learn and contribute to the MIT community.

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