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Sunday
Jan022011

Aaagh! A Ghost in the Machine

I have always trusted computer systems, never doubting their ability to operate and function as designed. Machines are slaves that will follow its Master's (in this case the software's design) orders blindly, regardless of the sanity of those orders. I take a bizarre sense of comfort from that fact, machines are consistent, predictable and reliable while us 'meatbags' are not. Yet at any given opportunity the movie industry pounces on the concept of machines running our lives and portrays it as a bad thing, le gasp!

Terminator, Stealth, Wall-e, The Matrix, War Games, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eagle Eye, 9, i-Robot, Blade Runner, Virus ...and the list goes on.

As you may have guessed what the above films have in common is focus on artificial intelligence becoming unwieldy, untrustworthy and ultimately deciding human rule is no longer required, and in the process of gaining this self awareness human lives are endangered or lost. While entertaining these films have had a profound effect on the collective psyche, we fear automation...progress. This mentality is absurd and potentially harmful to our development towards the most significant future step of mankind the SINGULARITY.

I believe that our progress as a species is intrinsically intertwined with that of our greatest creation, the machine intelligence. In the following weeks I intend to justify this position by discussing articles and papers published on the topic, with the hope to change a few peoples` minds. Resistance is futile.

Thursday
Jul152010

Back to the daily grind...

A quick explanation as to why the website has gone fallow, and the plan of action to rectify this.

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Thursday
Jan142010

The first of many...

Hello reader,

Welcome to my website, hopefully you haven't accidentally stumbled onto this website - but if you have welcome anyway.

This is a website devoted to the study of software engineering (primarily in real time systems) and the discuss of the languages, tools and daily tropes of life as a 'coder'.

I intend to keep the website upto date with the latest articles spanning the tech realms (of which their are many) as well as general 'soft' articles that hopefully will bring a smirk to your face.

You may have noticed the code repository section, it is my goal to put up for download some of the application prototypes I have churned out aswell as any useful class/utility libraries that may have crossed my path. But please note all code and content of this website is covered by the creative commons agreement (click the big CC image in the website footer for a more legal explanation) so if you do use any of my code please credit me accordingly. But don't let that deter you I allow all of my code to be hijacked, changed and I even allow it to be used for commercial purposes.

Isn't that nice of me...(if you want to throw employment opportunities my way please feel free to do so)

Please Enjoy the website

~Lewis Bowman