John von Neumann

John when he was small

“Anyone who attempts to generate random digits by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.”

-John von Neumann.

Or put another way, anyone who reuses the Von Neumann quotation to illustrate that computers can’t generate random numbers is, of course, living in a state of poor creativity. But seriously, there is some (not insignificant) evidence to suggest that he might have been wrong.

P.S. Computers didn’t start out as machines…