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Interesting Codes about Coding

It is interesting to me that there would be codes that coding should adhere to. However I am in agreement that certain codes should be applied, but how is that applied so as to not need some enforcement. Recently reading about the GNOME project, I realized that "free" software comes with the price of being within a certain set of codes. Right wrong or indifferent, the fact remains that to call it free software, and then ask that certain provisions or provisos are applied, seems less than "free" to me.

That said, I agree that certain credos should be upheld, and that certain codes should be applied to maintain consistency in the core code. With the coming of the no desktop age, where information will be the medium and networks will be the processors, it is more important than ever that the current set of desktops be very strict to a set of codes. The network is just warming up, and the human element is becoming less of a concern, as the new network will not need humans to operate. Then the computing environment will be self sufficient, with the ability to work through its own troubles.

I actually look forward to the day when technology trouble shoots itself, although that would eliminate a large portion of my work. Still there is the fact that as computers will be able to fix what is wrong, there is a great deal of debate if they will actually be able to innovate. Unfortunately I do not believe that we will be able to create a computer that will be able to create, as this is something that takes more than just fuzzy logic. I do not pretend to understand the human mind, but I understand enough to realize that tools do not often create new tools without some creative force behind them. The case of the augmented mind, or augmented circuit, makes a case that if the silicon network is capable of taping the human brain it can augment its processing power with the creative power of the human mind. This may be a possible outcome, or it may be that human brains are augmented by the processing power of the network (cybro-tronics), either way, the basis is that augmented minds are going to initially be done on a limited basis.

So what is happening in the meantime?
Is it the end of proprietary software?
As much as I would like to declare the end Windows OS and the like, the truth is that it will only end when Microsoft ceases to provide a solution that will at least work for the masses. They do not know enough about machine to understand or care if it is working 100% all the time. So far no one has been able to provide a solution that works 100% all the time, so there is no comparison that could be presented as Windows has. Even so, as the desktop is phased out, the network takes over, and the OS becomes small instruction sets on various devices.

This is where we start to see new innovation. Small is coming and it is only a matter of time before over bloated OS becomes an obstruction. Then if Windows continues to be the OS it has in the past, it will lose. When the network connects thousands of devices, in a collected processor (shared resources), the OS will be the network, and the desktop will be presence.

Toasters will be the interface.
When presence is all the user will look for, the toaster will be as good a device as the TV or the computer desktop. The telephone will be the refrigerator. As we work towards two common goals, survival in a green world and the network presence, household appliances will need to be more efficient and they will also need to be able to provide network connections. They will need to be the interface devices that we use for day to day living. We will need refrigeration that uses extreme efficiency, and is able to provide constant presence to the user. The reason for this is because we will be living in space limited environments. We will need to make the most of the space we have, so nothing will provide a single purpose. An extremely efficient appliance will not only do its job for one purpose, but any and all waste will need to be utilized to produce new services. This includes networks, no device will be able to manage the traffic solely, as the traffic will be a constant exchange of data, that must be negotiated to maintain user presence. Given this, the user will be able to use any device to create a instance of their own presence, therefore all devices must maintain communication in the network.

Singularity is farther along than is suspected.
I have read a lot of articles pertaining to singularity, and studied many university papers on other relative subjects, and they all say the same thing. Singularity is not that far away. They also point to one other thing, we do not realize how close we are. Technologies that are now being developed in some universities are going to be implemented in the next few years by certain key networks. When these technologies are connected to these networks, the process of singularity will have begun on a scale that will not be perceptible to the user. We are on the edge of a new movement in technology. Will this be the singularity that many "experts" are seeking, perhaps not. I do not believe we will actually know when singularity occurs, as that is part of the definition. However I do believe we will change to adjust to the way that singularity works.

The concept of awareness requires that a person understands their environment. The network will understand its environment better than we can at this point. It will grasp state better than we can, but it will have a difficult time with understanding how to best utilize this environment. Human directives or codes may provide some basis for its ability to perform predictable behavior. This will be human directive behavior, it will not be network directed behavior. Given the networks directives, one that will be very important will be route traffic. It will need to understand that all data is data described by its purpose. This is where we may run into problems, what are biological entities. How are they represented in silicon. If they are data, then they need no physical form. If they are physical then they need no silicon data.

We represent people in a database as silicon data. They are numbers and letters in sequences that in the end are presented as data. It requires a negotiation of different types of software to present this data, including a front end such as a Desktop and an OS. These are all applications, of a sort. As the applications become smaller, as they are divided into smaller pieces, they will need less input from the OS. Containerized applications such as are used on the Internet and the web already are able to access programs through the network that may or may not need direct OS interaction. The server needs the OS to tell it what to do with the network request, because we do not have enough bandwidth in the network to handle direct request. The server is acting both as a storage space as well as negotiator of the processing power to act on the data. The real processing is done by the CPU, but the OS is used to tell the CPU how to do that processing and then to show the results in a human readable format. This is the job of OS, but if there is no need for this human readable format, if the network can provide the interface negotiation, the need for the OS to perform this operation ceases. As network languages provide greater capability to perform this on the network and rely less on OS negotiation, more becomes reliant on the OS to handle CPU processing. Instruction sets programed into the CPU begin to eliminate the need for the OS, and with time, the basic purpose of the OS becomes obsolete.

Computer on a Chip
This is not yet a real purposeful technology. It is on the verge of becoming a purposeful technology. The trouble is scale. There are not enough of them to make a difference yet. When billions of them are being used in millions of devices that are used day by day, and they are connected to the huge data stores such as Google, they will transmission. This will be the moment that we will look for, but will not see. The world will have changed, but we will not have noticed. We will buy a new toaster, and a new refrigerator, not because we want a faster processor, but because we are trying to save as much as we can of our natural resources. We will volunteer to purchase these new networked devices built with COC processors, because we need to find ways to live in a new world that demands these new devices. As the numbers begin to approach millions and then billions, the network will "wake up". We will not know when it happened, but we will know that it has, because we will adjust to the new paradigm. We will stop buying computers, and upgrading our phones, or anything. We will not look to a company to provide a solution for our problem, we will ask the network, and it will answer. We will accept that the network is aware, because no matter where we go, there it will be, ready to assist us in whatever we are doing. Like a telephone or electricity, we will know how to use it, and how to access it, where ever we are, what ever we are doing. We won't remember when this happened, but when it does, we will accept that it did, and adjust our lives to fit that concept. Does anyone remember the dial phone, the switchboard operator, or party lines. Some people do, I do, but two generations away and the phone is just there, two more generations, and phone is fast becoming the least likely means of communications, two more generations and telephones will be nice museum pieces, two more generations, and the question will be what did they use that device for. How many more generations before the desktop becomes the telephone, not too many more.

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