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An intriguing idea about brute

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 23, 2002

An intriguing idea about brute force implicit calculation training from Stewart: “Get some person. Write a program that displays a single digit of pi at a time and advances by one digit every time the spacebar is hit. Sit the person in front of the computer and get them to guess what the next number will be. Have them hit the spacebar. (‘2?’ 5. ‘7?’ 1. ‘8?’ 3. ‘4?’ 4. (Yay!) ‘9?’ 2. And so on …) Have them do this all day every day for, say, 20 years or so. See if they eventually get the knack of it, or at least get significantly above chance at guessing.”

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