29 August 2006

The self-conscious computer

unlike the undefinable 'consciousness'


is trivial
to implement in computers:

even the blinking lights
of 50s scifi cliche computers
represented a sort of self-consciousness
as they announced its inner state
to the world

and it wouldn't be hard
to add a layer of nano-probes
above the cpu chip
that monitored which subparts
were active or inactive

helping find bottlenecks
infinite loops

or at the OS level
monitoring which system calls
are used the most
which processes
are stealing all the cycles

and at the desktop level
which apps get used most
which command sequences

and when this becomes second nature

the principle of
most-often-used = easiest-to-access
will be the fundamental
organising principle