The Processing Unit as a Summoning Circle

When I began learning about machine learning, and the much-hyped “deep learning” subbranch in particular, I necessarily had to learn about the abstract realm of “Vector Space", where all the work of deep learning actually takes place. At around the same time, I was reading most of the backlog of Charles Stross’ “The Laundry Files” books, which deal with a version of cosmic-horror that's synthesised with computer science to create a geeky and compelling, cyberpunky take on the genre.