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10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10

Speaker  Nick Montfort

Affiliation  MIT

Host  Donald Brinkman

Duration  01:16:33

Date recorded  17 January 2013

A single line of code--the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title—is used as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. Nick Montfort, in collaboration with nine other authors, treat code not as merely functional but as a text--in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources--that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.

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> 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10