Player Creates Working Computer in Minecraft

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Player Creates Working Computer in Minecraft

A Minecraft player created a computer capable of actual calculations using only sticks, stones and fire.

Using the tools and materials in Minecraft, a Minecraft player named "theinternetftw" created a simple Artihmetic Logic Unit, or ALU, which is the basis of all computer microprocessors. By using torches to ignite Redstone wires, which can then carry a charge, theinternetftw's computer is able to perform simple arithmetic. In the demo video, he adds 2 + 1, and the answer is output as 11, which equals 3 in binary code. The project is far from complete as he plans to add RAM and registers to make it a legitimate computer.

Using technical prowess far beyond mine, theinternetftw got the idea to build the ALU from a book called The Elements of Computer Systems from the MIT Press. He implemented the hack computer system in Minecraft based on the specs described in that book.

If your brain is hurting from the fact that someone used a computer game, which runs on many more complex ALUs combined into a microprocessor, to create a rudimentary ALU, you are not the only one. It's like Alanis Morrisette's Ironic song and Double Rainbow all combined into one.

I'm not sure what it means, but it's awesome.

Source: Hack A Day

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Essentially any system that allows you to put together a transistor object can make computers. Dwarf Fortress, Little Big Planet, and now Minecraft. Once you get past the ALU it gets really complicated, with things like a bus and memory.

Kinda reminds me of this:

Oh god... The Matrix... IT'S HAPPENING!

That must have taken him ages to do. Imagine doing it and finding out you made a mistake...

That's the truly evil thing about Minecraft - such a simple game can become so ridiculous given only time and effort. It's like if Plants vs. Zombies could have baby kittens that do math. Takes me back to the mid-90s, playing with Widget Workshop as a young dork.

NeedAUserName:
That must have taken him ages to do. Imagine doing it and finding out you made a mistake...

There are importer scripts that let you use PNG files to make each layer, so it was probably a bit easier than digging up a world and building the whole thing, while fighting off skeletons riding spiders.

Yo dawg, so I heard you liked computing, so I put a computer in your computer so you can compute while you compute!

Pretty nicely done indeed, but I still prefer the Enterprise D 1:1 model for sheer geek points.

Reminds me of this:

..................:O

that is amasing...how did he find the time..and someone pleese give him a job doing...idk something...pay him to think

I wonder how similar this is to those stupidly complex automated, fluid computers people make in Dwarf Fortress.

A computer in a computer? O shit they are starting to multiply!!!

You dawg, we heard you like computers, so we put a computer in your computer so you could compute while you compute.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

Yo dawg I heard you like computers so we put a computer in your computer so you can play minecraft while you play minecraft!!

Greg Tito:
The project is far from complete as he plans to add RAM and registers to make it a legitimate computer.

And then port Minecraft to it.

But seriously, it's impressive work. I heard tell that this guy's getting job offers because of this.

Pigs in an ALU. Now that's funny.

......................holy shit.......... ok so it adds, right?....yeah im quite confused on this... very impressive...

What is it with creative games and making computers? I couldn't think of anything more boring or tedious to do with it.

Still impressive though.

That is really interesting.
I wonder how it's gonna be in the future....

CaptainCrunch:
That's the truly evil thing about Minecraft - such a simple game can become so ridiculous given only time and effort. It's like if Plants vs. Zombies could have baby kittens that do math.

NeedAUserName:
That must have taken him ages to do. Imagine doing it and finding out you made a mistake...

There are importer scripts that let you use PNG files to make each layer, so it was probably a bit easier than digging up a world and building the whole thing, while fighting off skeletons riding spiders.

hate those guys who clearly just imported a pic but claim to have built it :(

gl1koz3:
Pigs in an ALU. Now that's funny.

As long as it isn't goddamn creepers.

icyneesan:
Yo dawg I heard you like computers so we put a computer in your computer so you can play minecraft while you play minecraft!!

Ha! I am teh ninjorz!

: )

Umm,

What?

So he's using blocks to...

I DON'T KNOW WHAT MY BRAIN HAS SEEN.

Having watched this, all I can think of is some hillbillies; "Gawdangit Pa! Tha Pigs in that there computer o' Yors agin."

Cowabungaa:
Yo dawg, so I heard you liked computing, so I put a computer in your computer so you can compute while you compute!

Pretty nicely done indeed, but I still prefer the Enterprise D 1:1 model for sheer geek points.

tsk tsk, yo dawg i heard yo like computer games so we put a game computer in yo computer game so yo can play computer games on yo game computer while playing computer games.

but this is truly awesome, and i love there are places where he will be considered awesome instead of a nerd.

Im confused, and strangly aroused.

5:57 my fav part

you listening pig?

Wow, must have been quite the challenge to design this in minecraft

I want to be able to play Minecraft on a computer in Minecraft!

Curses! Beaten to it!

The question, of course, is: Are the simulations of computers in minecraft going to advance at such a speed that it'd ever be possible to create a simulation of a computer more complex than the most complex computer computer at the time?

I realize, of course, this isn't possible in real time, though factor out the lag, and it's an interesting line of enquiry...

"Are you listening, Pig?"

This is quite awesome, and very complicated to my simple mind.

Impressive. The fact that he wants to add memory to this is really cool, especially considering that probably mean that everything would then have to run in time.

SirBryghtside:
Reminds me of this:

Holy shit...
The reveal is insane!!!

Someone give this man a medal, preferably with "1 Internet" stamped across it and a visage of him fist bumping Alan Turing.

I'm getting deja-vu, especially with the responses posted in this thread...

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.235652-Man-Builds-a-Computer-Inside-Minecraft

Rofl.

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