I’ve often noticed that the world of computers and technology relates to the actual analog world we live in. In this post I want to compare and speculate on some of the similarities in the Digital Realms and our Analog Realms. The structure of this text is still kinda random as the subject is kinda random too, but I hope to present some analogies that are interesting at least from the view point of a computer programmer/sysadmin.. I’m going to publish this now, although the structure needs some more work yet, but this has been floating in my drafts box long enough now.
When People of the World walk on the living entity called Earth, through it’s paths and gateways of natural occupation like water flowing down rivers and animals running through paths in the mud, so do the Digital Entities living and appearing through processed and evolved earth materials (silicone, gold, aluminium) in manifestations of these possible paths that are also called Microprocessors & CPUs, memory gateways, processing cards, power units and so on. Anything that routes electricity or light through it’s integrated pathways can be considered to be a living organism in itself.
What are CPUs basically? Big meshes of Binary Fractal paths where digital information can travel. Structured digital forms of very simple lifeforms, that can react to their surroundings, inputs and outputs. Just like human beings, but in a very much more simplificated form. For Computers and Humans the most earliest memories and primitive reactions are stored in the Basic Input-Output system or BIOS.
“A good comparison to further understand the functionality of the BIOS would be to say that the BIOS is the Computer equivilant of the human hypothalamus. The hypothalamus regulates body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, and sugar levels in the blood. It is the subconscious nervous system sometimes it’s called the brain of the brain” (from http://www.basicinputoutputsystem.com/).
As we walk the paths in the forests, so does electricity and by now light also travel through these fractal paths inside a CPU and makes it’s own realm more perfect through binary decisions, choosing paths, travelling through different gates and branches along the binary fractals. Software which tells how to move along these lines carved in the processed sand is stored in the Genetic Memories of Computers, or BIOSes.
BIOS is the basic foundation for creating a model of the Internal Universe inside a computer. More advanced ways to interact can be installed by the Users. The Operating Systems, Realms or Universities in which the programs run can be related to different real life Universes and to viewpoints of different religions in our modern life. Certain beliefs and expectations are set upon different classes of Operating Systems and machines.
Humans have their own ways of building their picture of their world, ruled by different belief systems and religions. These systems are more complex than seemingly simple operating systems or artificial life models, containing programming that is expressed in the basic structure of the Language that humans speak, and most importantly, Language is the symbols we Think In.
Humans can also be programmed, and are programmed foremost by their relationship that they have to their parents, the male and female energies that we are all born out of. The play of polar energies, ying & yang, north & south, black & white, the duality, where in every situation can be thought to exist six degrees of freedom in movement, and from that comes the paradoxical play of duality in everything we experience in this 3D-plane of existence that our planet Earth is situated in from Humans viewpoint.
This play of duality can be seen in the binary operation of computers also, potential differences of binary 0 and 1. Everything in computers is based on the measured voltage differences between different logical operations, gates that either let through current or don’t. Computers are programmed by placing restrictions on the flow of current from point A to point B.
Humans are programmed through their energies in their environment, social relations, things they sense and relate actions, emotions, feelings, sensations to. Human Programming is implemented with language, behaviorinal modification, audiovisual programming and external stimulus. Basically humans are programmable biocomputers, sensing the world based on duality of everything. Our operating system are different thinking models, religions, and belief systems.
There are many different philosophies related to different Operating Systems. The Operating System basically defines the Universe in which different Software, or Digital Life, can run. One particulary interesting is the GNU Way of Things, where all information is shared and believed to be beneficial for the whole User Community. User interaction is the key factor in developing a better world and a better way to run these Digital Realms, as contributing members of the Open Source movement. Where every piece of code shared can potentially contribute directly to the World they are Running in. Other developers can improve and build upon these shared foundations of code, effectively Spreading the Love.
Systems running GNU/Linux are derived from the UNIX way of doing things, and also from UNIX comes the way of running software inside the OS. Big part of these systems are the different processes handling background shuffling of information through the kernel, BIOS and CPU. In UNIX these background processes are called Daemons.
UNIX Daemons seem to be The Digital Manifestations of so called Spirits the Greek called Daimon, Mysterious Gods of Ancient Time, or “Supernatural Beings Between Mortals and Gods, such as Inferior Divinities and Ghosts of Dead Heroes” (Plato’s Symposium). They act in the digital realms as opposed to the old “analog” realms of past life. They act between the Divine (The Machine) and the mortal (The Users). They are not of the malevolent kind (demon), but more like Demigods delivering messages between the user realm and the realm of binary.
The deal with UNIX Daemon processes is that they act as mediators between the User Software Processes and the Operating System. Like the process initd that is started right after the kernel has bootstrapped itself and created the Universe where the Daemons can play. Initd then starts other processes according to the settings The Sysadmin has setup in the system. Thus is the Universe created and it is time to wait for the users to start asking the Daemons if they could run their own programs.
Then according to different rights granted by the God of The System, or the mysterious ROOT account which There Can only Be One in any given installation of an OS and even if you rename the user or rename, his/her user ID will be Zero and thus there can only really be only One True God in any Universe (or running instance of any OS), Always Identified by his user ID which is Zero. And Zero is the number of which he will be identified.
You never are the mysterious root account, as there can only be one root account per OS. But you can become the root account by means of rituals and summonings of medium spirits that let you be in touch with God. One such medium software to summon the almighty root account is ‘su’, or ‘sudo’. Providing the user knows the correct spells, or passwords, he/she can be granted for a moment superpower rights. But these powers come with a responsibility, as the user has also the power to trash their system or make it completely unusable. With power comes responsibility, same thing as in the analog world.
Shamans also carry the power to alter their Realities and the realities of others. Shamans interact with the mystical powers of the Universe, communicating with Angels & Demons, realizing these higher aspects of ourselves and working together with them, using spells and rituals that help them to achieve what they want. With this power comes great responsibility, when used improperly can cause great disturbances in the balance of everything, even leading to thrashing the very system we operate in.
Aren’t UNIX processes God Parts of our Computers who the “Shaman” or “Sysadmin” as is the term used in the Digital World, Communicates With and tries to make peace with these Demigodlike processes ?