A Scientific American article on IBMs manifesto.
IBM argues in its treatise that the goal should be “autonomic” computer systems analogous to the involuntary nervous system that allows the human body to cope with environmental change, external attack and internal failures. “Our bodies have great availability,” Morris observes. “I have soft errors all the time: my memory fails once in a while, but I dont crash. My whole body doesnt shut down when I cut a finger.”
This is the challenge for us. The next set of users of computers in the world need simpler, self-managing and self-healing technology.