PowerPoint is Turing complete, among other things

Microsoft PowerPoint is used to make presentations, to connect one to stock image libraries, and stun audience members with animations, writes Tom Wildenhain. But did you know it can do other things? In fact, it can do anything any other universal computer can, because it is Turing complete: "Only trained PowerPoint professionals should attempt to reproduce this research."

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  1. Between this and RPGs written completely in excel, it's starting to make more and more sense that Microsoft purchased Minecraft...

  2. Cool. Now implement a virtual machine within a .ppt file that is capable of running PowerPoint. Then we can have animated Word-Art turtles all the way down.

  3. Ah yes but can you build a redstone computer capable of running Excel? Because if you can, the Singularity is here.

  4. Me, before watching this video:

    What's the big deal? I learned VBA in 1997.

    Me, after watching this video:

    Holy shit, that is the most awesome new programming language. I am quitting my day job.

  5. One of Charles Stross's Laundry novels (The Jennifer Morgue, I think) contains a scene in which a Powerpoint presentation executes lethal code in the heads of unwary observers and ushers in entities from another dimension. One of the great strengths of the series is its take on the evil lurking behind the banalities of office culture (Excel, performance reviews, expense reports, holiday parties, etc).

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