Ersin Akinci

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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at the University of Illinois studying the history of information technologies, especially the transition from the codex to the computer. My goal is to explore new historical approaches to software and hardware engineering that are oriented toward recreating computers as art rather than tools. Currently, I am working on a distributed interpreter with socially-defined semantic associations for executing arbitrary natural texts as code as well as a project dubbed "AquinasFS", the world's first file system based on Catholic theology. I also maintain a small Linux distribution (Vorpo Linux, and a set of bash scripts (vorpobuild, for building cross-compiling toolchains and Linux distributions. I occasionally blog about these and other interests at What Digital Revolution? (

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