Mon May 27 12:34:02 2002
[was: the logic of the infinite]
--- Kyle wrote:
I think you are thinking/imagining at too high a level. No useful
conclusions can be made when you are not bounded by the mess we call
reality of computing.
Then I'll step down a notch. :) I will leave aside all notions of subjectivity (and the Infinite), as computer systems are only able to deal with users' behaviour, not the users themselves.
It is very neccessary though, to be able to view the different
levels of abstraction depending on the user's needs.
OK. So let's say our user needs to abstract the human heartbeat, say for a biofeedback device. Are we primarily concerned with the user's needs -- abstracting a harmonic, analog, cyclical, highly variable event -- or with our computer system's need for granular division of time and information into byte-sized equal segments? The two needs -- those of the user and those of the computer/programmer -- are relatively opposed in this case. Whose needs take precedence?
In other words, is an OS to be judged primarily by its ability to abstract computer hardware or real-world events? Is this basically the same as the distinction between the LLL and the HLL? What possibilities are there for reconciling the two (digital and analog information, right- and left-brain activity)?
Can this kind of conflict be addressed by fuzzy logic? To what extent is fuzzy logic relevant to a Tunes-like system?
questions, questions, questions...
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