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Exclusive disjunction, also called exclusive or (symbolized by the prefix operator J, or by the infix operators XOR, EOR, EXOR, ⊻ or ⊕, is a logical operation on two logical values, typically the values of two propositions, that produces a value of true only in cases where the truth value of the operands differ.
The above explanation is taken from wikipedia. It describes an XOR operation as only returning a true value when there is a difference between the operands. Thus the ‘XOR Engine’ can be read as the ‘Difference Engine’.
A Difference Engine is one of several partly built mechanical computers designed by Charles Babbage in the 1800s. Babbage is considered one of the fathers of the modern computer.
‘The Difference Engine’ is also the name of a Steampunk novel written by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. The novel describes an alternate history in which Babbage succeeds in building his mechanical computer, the computer then sees widespread use and the possible socioeconomic effects this technological revolution could have on a 19th century Britain.
Gibson is one of my favourite authors. Gibson is credited with coining the term “cyberspace” and envisioning the future importance and power of the internet. His debut novel “Neuromancer” has been described as “the archetypal cyberpunk work”.
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