Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday Whoo-That's-Creepy

Speaking of the inevitable computer-d'etat to be staged by our networked overlords, here's an idea I find simultaneously brilliant and creepy:

Internet Applications That Heal Themselves

This is such a good idea, I'm astonished no one has tried it before. It would be so great to not have to worry about updates or trying to fix corrupted files anymore. Also, a sophisticated-enough, self-healing, self-protecting computer program is probably the one thing that could completely stymie human spammers/hackers. (That just means they'd write programs to counter the programs, but oh well.)

And at the same time, this is a creepy development, because it's yet another concrete step toward creating programs that are, unambiguously, life forms.

Author website: J. J. DeBenedictis

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