Musings on technology, philosophy, consciousness, the future, the present, and the past.

Month: May, 2016

The Hypervisor of Consciousness

In computing, there is something called a “hypervisor.” It is the core behind host virtualization.

Stay with me.

What a hypervisor does, is allow you run more than one operating system on a computer — but concurrently. That means you can have a computer that runs, say, Android and iOS both at the same time, and neither one has to know the other exists.

The hypervisor manages the different operating systems, and keeps them from bumping into each other by convincing them they are the only machine running.

They can acknowledge each other if sharing the same network, but they think they are separate machines.

Using this, you can even have one operating system running background tasks that inform another operating system that a user deals with.

Our consciousness is like that hypervisor. We have different “brains” if you will, each running different “operating systems” — sometimes in conflict with each other. And they communicate with themselves as well as other operating systems using chemical and electrical signals.

Your executive functioning is one of these, and it’s one that deals with how the others act.

Your subconscious is another, and much like an operating system running “background tasks” — informing your other brains.

Studies have shown that this subconscious even controls things you think you are doing yourself.

When you take on an ethos or religion, it is like adding a new “brain” to the hypervisor that is your consciousness.

Freewill assumes there is someone sitting in a control room, directing these on a high level.

But here’s the catch — there is no guy sitting in the control room.

There are times your executive functioning can be shut down (fight or flight) and there is no guy in the control room.

Even the executive functioning is dependent on those background processes done in the subconscious.

So essentially you have all of these operating systems floating around, each one having control of parts, or the entire system, at different points.

In short: there is no freewill — simply a collection of operating systems or different “brains” each rolling across the hypervisor of your consciousness.


Information Technology is Dead. Long live Information Technology!

Pretty sure the IT industry is in for a huge shake up.

This goes beyond the current tech bubble and it’s bursting.

I am talking about the end of the IT data center.

Think about what a loss leader a data center is. Even if you offload it to the cloud, you still have to pay a lot of money, which in turns pays for cooling/heating, lighting, power, connectivity, the connection to the backbone, not to mention the hardware, software, services and support.

And then you have to hire someone to run it. Usually at least with 24 x 7 response.

Now what if you took the data center, shrunk it, and took it out of those big air conditioned rooms that boom with white noise.

Virtualization and hyperconvergence technologies have shrunk servers to such small sizes, you can have a 100+ server data center in something the size of four pizza boxes.

These servers aren’t going to get any larger, and they will continuously get denser and denser, while becoming more and more powerful.

Now let’s look at the slowest part of any IT infrastructure: the network.

No matter how fast they go, it will always be a bottleneck.

And people are really sick of wires.

So what if you could collapse the entire data center into really small, modular, plug and play wifi stations?

With redundancy and replication you could have your fault tolerance, high availability and the ability to scale by just screwing in one of these super wifi stations and turning it on.

Now imagine everything from databases, to email, to app servers, to security systems, to even the virtual desktops at everyone’s console — imagine that as floating virtual machines that do not live on big iron servers and independent hard disks.

No hard drives, no memory, no storage arrays, no network switches, no processors….

Just little wifi appliances that can be added or removed without interruption.

The technology is all there. Someone just has to put it together.

And when that happens, the IT industry will collapse.

Sure it will still exist, but it will be kind of like how inter office mail has been replaced by email.