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Wetware? please explain!

Oliver Sparrow ohgs at chatham.demon.co.uk
Wed May 11 07:27:17 EST 1994

Try William Gibson (Neuromancer c. 1985) and subsequent cyberpunk publications.
Rucker (of Autocad fame) has written a book called, I think, "Wetware".

The idea is that artificial soft- and hardware can interface with wetware
(neural systems and their epiphenomena) in order to enhance, record, extend
and duplicate capabilities. Nobody can do much yet, but give it time..

A completely unrelated idea - for the lovable work of corporate re-structuring -
is that after busines process re-engineering (redefining the goals and means
of a company to take full opportunity of IT) the systems map will consist of
software, hardware and fleshware. That is to say, the individual will have
been commoditised and this, that or the other accountant will serve to carry
out the defined transaction. Hence job uncertainty.

You will find discussion of this and related topics on comp.ai.philosophy.

  Oliver Sparrow
  ohgs at chatham.demon.co.uk

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