Martyn, Hi.A Living DNA System? A Controllable Machine/Computer System for the Greater Benefit of Mankind? Or Man ReDefined .... Admirable Research indeed. Do you think h2g2/h3g3 is such a System/Precursor to such Systems? And are not all such Systems not merely Just, Better Programs developed by Humans like you and me? And therefore Simply Complex ReRouting of Information/Intelligence via different/novel Neural Pathways within our own Brains? NeuReal Root Kits/New Sources of Code/CodeXXXX?If we can Think to Think slightly Differently does that make us less than Human or more than Human. Is an Advanced Artificial Intelligence Project in a Civil CyberSpace Project in Semantic Web dDevelopment and Quantum Communications touching Base with BioComputing and Synthetic Biology, two Alien Intelligences to justify and exalt Alan Turing's vision?Or are we BioMachines which just don't/didn't Think and thus have remained flawed as Humans? Today is struggling with defining/controlling IDEntity ..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbtoday/F2767103?thread=3663468........ which seems to me to be a Futility devoid of Humanity in Search of ITs Control.Whoever it was who said ....."He who takes away from a Peaceful Man, our Freedom to Share the Thoughts in his Voice, will reap the Whirlwind of Dervishes they Sow, as IT Rights and Writes 42 ReWrite the System." ...... knew a thing or three about Operating Systems, meThinks ........ and conversely, and much more importantly, that which makes them Fail perversely.
Thanks for your (many) comments. I share your admiration of Douglas Adams (I assume that this is what is signified by your "H2G2" references, if not, then I apologise). In fact, Adams was on the panel that shortlisted my entry for the Wellcome Trust Prize (a draft which later became my new book), so I owe him an immense debt of gratitude (quite apart from that derived from my enjoyment of his books). I'm afraid, though, that I can't quite grasp the core of your questions, which seem to draw on many different (and disparate) strands of enquiry (eg. "Semantic Web Development of Quantum Communications"...) Perhaps if you can be more specific we can engage in a dialogue?
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