While I was automating my home, I became aware that we are living inside a computer with wires, processors, and memories hidden inside the walls of our home, with cable and airways entering the building. We are immersed inside many networks and systems.  The problem is how do we enjoy living inside a such environment.  This computer is even greater with the Internet, where with a simple click on a web page, we realize that we exist because we are bombarded with customized information, e-mails, and telephone calls. It is important to master  automations, firewalls, and information filters to avoid being paralyzed and crash due to an excess of  information just by staying at home.

Being in Berkeley, the awarnes of immersion in the computer is emphasized by the view of the transformers, cables, wires and telephone poles in front of our building.  Birds enjoy the scenary hanging on AC distribution lines, while squarrels use the hanging CATV and telephone cables between buildings as their highways. Plants at times use the telephone poles as a place to grow.  This extended computer scenario is a real ecosystem, and we are a part of it.

© Andres Albanese 2012