Hi, my name is jim.
For me this all started when John Lilly introduced the concept of a bio-computer in, “Center of the Cyclone”, in the early ’70s. He talked about “meta programming our biocomputer”. In those days the concept of the computer was still vague at best and few of us had any notion of what the computer would become. Still it was easy to grasp the concept that our behavior could be “programmed” by outside events or our own conscious decisions.
In the last ten years i’ve had a hands on education in the inner workings of computers, programming and the code driven systems that make up the internet. It has become obvious to me that John Lilly was right! There are many noteworthy similarities between computer networks and our own nervous system. First of which is that they are both code driven systems.
A note of thanks to the many folks on the ‘net for following the geeky habit of comparing everything in the world to one computer function or another. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people name virtual functions after their nearest conceptual counterpart, but besides stimulating the imagination, the practice has given us a model that can help us understand the real thing.
Speculation about the future of computers has surly given us some great sci-fi, from HAL in the Space Odessy thru the Matrix movies. These days we are quite comfortable with concepts that would have been impossible to imagine just a few years ago. Maybe you’ve read some of the articles around the web that compare the Universe to a giant computer or life to a simulation. Of course, there is Michael Talbot’s book, The Holographic Universe, wherein he outlines that concept. There is good reason for the proliferation of this kind of thinking; it’s a good fit.
LifeOS started as just a title for a collection of articles and notes that compared different parts of computer systems to our own nervous systems. It took a few years for it to evolve into its present form… a mock holographic operating system used as a model for reality.
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