“So we’re going to talk to a computer and ask it to change Minecraft?” Patrick, my eight-year-old son, sounds both excited and dubious. “How will we talk to it?” “Well, we’ll type in what we want it to do,” I say, confidently. (Parenting is all about confidence.) “And it will do what we say? Epic!” He settles back into his tube seat. Conversation over. “Can I have a go on your phone?” I hand over my mobile, my pocket brain, my dazzling portable powerhouse processor that has more than 500,000 times the memory of the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon. My son takes it as casually as if it were a packet of crisps, types in my security code and starts playing Minecraft. On 19 November last year, a new project was launched on Kickstarter. As with most of the ideas on the site, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, there was a video clip that explained what investors’ money would be supporting. In the clip, two young men, Alex Klein and Yonatan Raz-Fridman, talked to camera while messing about in a children’s playground. Their project – an easy-to-assemble computer kit for children, based around the micro circuit… Read full this story
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