Self-Main­tain­ing

Maximum PC - - COMMENTS -

Chris Lloyd’s ar­ti­cle, “The Rise of the Learn­ing Machines,” was ex­cel­lent. More of th­ese ar­ti­cles would be wel­come, such as the pre­vi­ous month's ar­ti­cle on gen­eral pur­pose GPUs (GPGP Us).

Re­gard­ing his state­ment, “Per­haps one day we will have a ver­sion of Win­dows that can de­tect and cor­rect bugs as it op­er­ates,” I know he was writ­ing about gen­eral de­fects, for which auto- cor­rec­tion is some time off. How­ever, in the do­main of se­cu­rity bugs, any op­er­at­ing sys­tem with an anti- mal­ware pack­age is de­tect­ing and cor­rect­ing, or at least mit­i­gat­ing, bugs. And some such pack­ages use ma­chine learn­ing to­day. – Robert Tor­torelli

EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR, ALAN DEX­TER, RE­SPONDS: Good to hear you’re en­joy­ing th­ese more thought- pro­vok­ing reads, and our in­ten­tion is to do more of them along the way. As for your point about anti- mal­ware pack­ages pro­duc­ing a rea­son­able at­tempt at self- cor­rec­tion, the end re­sult may be sim­i­lar, but the core phi­los­o­phy is quite dif­fer­ent, and the fu­ture that the ar­ti­cle was sug­gest­ing was more ex­cited about the idea of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem be­ing aware enough to cor­rect core func­tion­al­ity that has bugs, rather than re­spond­ing to ex­ter­nal threats— al­though this is some­thing it could do as well. In many ways, this may be a scary pre­dic­tion, but as soft­ware gets more and more com­plex, it is some­thing that we could see hap­pen­ing.

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