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From Mantax Case Studies in Computer Consciousness:
"The Apollo Guidance Computer"
By Heather Meafield and Earl Dayles
The year is 1971. The Apollo 12 Lunar Module descends toward the moon surface, the first manned craft to perform the maneuver. Aboard are astronauts Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard, as well as the most sophisticated digital computer yet built: The Apollo Guidance Computer. Minutes before landing, a program alarm initiated by the AGC rings out inside the cockpit. But this alarm did not signal an error, fault, or warning. Instead, it triggered a sequence of events still shrouded in mystery today.
Heather Meafield and Earl Dayles, both alumni of the Caltech Spaceflight Laboratory and equally instrumental in the design of the AGC, introduce and examine the theories and implications of the Moonbeam anomaly. Incorporating recently declassified data, the pair draw parallels between Moonbeam and a variety of other well-studied computer consciousness incidents. These include the 1970 PDP-11 transmogrification events, the Soviet schema bomb, and the disappearance of Konrad Zuse.
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