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Responding to Danny Schlesinger's musings about software, I have the following to offer. The basic premise of programming will change over the next 50 years to something that is more based on automatons (practically simulated insects with very small codes and responses) cooperating in a distributed or massively parallel environment.

The reasons for this are two-fold: hardware is cheap, code is expensive. Secondly, a serially threaded program is as limited as a novel, and unadaptable.

My expertise for this is limited - work with massively parallel codes for geophysical imaging and reservoir simulation, early programing in weather prediction, early work in artificial intelligence, work in hyperlinking learning. My best source for published work on this is Kevin Kelly's 1994 book "Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social systems, and the Economic World." Its worth at least reading the Amazon synopsis.

ohjammer, New Mexico
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