Get with the program! John von Neumann is generally given credit for proposing that computers run sequences of instructions stored in memory and accessed repeatedly until they have finished their task. Programming was important early on; particular programs were not. Software wasn't transferable and came with the machine anyway. If you wanted to make a mainframe do something different, you wrote your own program. Precision and sequence created lockstep series that drove their way through passive data. Today data is retaliating, breaking and entering the program itself, objectifying programming.

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