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Somewhere, over the rainbow...

Posted 06-23-2009 at 10:32 PM by Shingoshi
Updated 06-23-2009 at 10:36 PM by Shingoshi

How much do you engage in imagination about what Linux is fully capable of? Is Linux simply something that you use, and don't give much else thought to it? Have you ever wondered what a society driven by Linux or open-source would look like? Are you limited to thinking the other guys will always rule the world?

Are you content to be on the fringe of society, rather being a significant component of it? Do you marginalize Linux and open-source in general by thinking what can't be achieved, rather than what can be? Does open-source contribute to or reinforce your personal philosophy and how you determine your existence and participation in society?

Well let's try a little game with our imaginations. Think, "what would it take to see Linux as the operating system on the Flagship of Star Fleet? What systems would you expect to see in place to manage all of the tasks required for such a vessel? Have you ever thought, "how cool would it be to interact verbally with the ship's computer? Gene Roddenberry had some pretty good ideas. But how many times have you actually thought them through? Did you ever watch the series, Andromeda? Remember that really cool AI which was the ship's computer?

What would it mean to you if computers were truly capable of personality? Would you welcome it? Or would it scare the living hell out of you? How much of our perceptions derived from science fiction have limited what you're willing to accept as a valid expression of technology? Are you willing to accept a consciousness that was technologically based? What kind of moral code would be required to ensure the safety of all beings, without preference to humans or machine? Were Issac Asimov's rules enough?

I've tried to think about this (as is probably apparent), and how my core belief would influence the level of determination afforded to all beings. The immediate equalization of all knowledge among all beings, isn't limited to humans. I never intended it to be. Why? Because I don't watch science fiction for amusement. I watch science fiction to consider the manifestation of consciousness, however it may operate.

Many of us likely watched the two episodes of Star Trek TNG which attempted to grapple with "what does it mean to be a sentient being? There probably were in fact more than two episodes concerning this. But the two that stand out for me, both were related to Data and his daughter Lol. But did you simply sit through those two episodes without giving any thought to the implications of how you would personally face those questions in reality?

I have this concept which I call Contextual Reality. It simply means to govern one's thinking within the limits of the concepts involved, with minimal intrusion from factors external to the context. In simple terms it means if all things were considered true, "what are the appropriate actions that should be taken here? It is an extrapolation of the old adage, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

So how easily would you adjust to a set of parameters governing reality for which you were not prepared? I'm interested in the extent you personally engage in Alternative Thinking. I'm asking "what are you and why?

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