Mirror worlds, or, The day software puts the universe in a shoebox-- : how it will happen and what it will mean (Book, 1991) [WorldCat.org]
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Mirror worlds, or, The day software puts the universe in a shoebox-- : how it will happen and what it will mean

Mirror worlds, or, The day software puts the universe in a shoebox-- : how it will happen and what it will mean

Author: David Hillel Gelernter
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Technology doesn't flow smoothly; it's the big surprises that matter, and Yale computer expert David Gelernter sees one such giant leap right on the horizon. Today's small scale software programs are about to be joined by vast public software works that will revolutionize computing and transform society as a whole. One such vast program is the "Mirror World." Imagine looking at your computer screen and seeing  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Computer software
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Hillel Gelernter
ISBN: 0195068122 9780195068122 019507906X 9780195079067
OCLC Number: 23868481
Description: xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Mirror Worlds? Sounds like fun, but so what? ; 1791 ; This book --
The orb. Into the mirror ; The magnificence of mirror worlds ; Significance, I: getting a grip ; The hospital for example ; The ensemble ; Significance, II: the new public square ; Building mirror worlds ; Significance, III: seeing the whole ; Adding it all up --
Disembodied machines. A machine? ; Embodied machines ; The design process ; So: what kind of machine? ; The computational landscape ; An example ; Building info-structures ; Organizing space and time--
; Details: how procedures work ; The shape of computational spacetime ; The embodiment (mere hardware) --
Space, time and multi-time. What is an ensemble? ; What is "asynchronous"? ; So what? ; Concretely ... ; The bottom line ; What do ensembles look like? ; So you have a group of information machines ... ; Simple machines for coordination ; Down to earth ; Hypercomputers ; Implications I: nature ; Implications II: communication ---
The deluge. The problem ; What data? ; Software architectures (architectures?) ; The design of real time knowledge plants ; The noisiest ensemble ; Why do it this way? ; Espalier ; The intensive care unit prototype ; There's more to it, of course ... ; Implications ; Nerves ; Turingware ; True bigness ; In sum --
Simple mind machines. The goal: finding precedents ; What precedents? What comments? ; For example--
; The raw material ; ... And its implications ; So what about "speculation"? ; The basic operations ; Implications of plunge and squish ; Achieving distraction ; The basic cycle ; Squishing and its consequences ; The software architecture ; Implications I: the ultimate reference room ; Implications II: understanding language ; Implications III: the mind spectrum ; Conclusions --
Building mirror worlds. Facts vs. forecasts ; The urge ... ; Why? ; The basic design ; The agent space ; The chronicles ; The recursive free-form dollhouse ; For example ; In sum.
Other Titles: Mirror worlds.
Day software puts the universe in a shoebox.
Responsibility: David Gelernter.
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