Can Computers Learn to Repair Themselves to Make Life Simpler for Average Users?

 by Torri


Imagine a world without blue screen errors, spyware strikes, harmful Trojans or your operating system slowing down day by day. Imagine your laptop or netbook independent enough to address their ongoing concerns without taking the time and trouble from you. For an average computer user this might sound like a dream come true, as technology becomes more and more ubiquitous and complex and, leaving hundreds out in the cold when something goes down. This may be good news for IT repair shops, generating a steady inflow of jobs, big and small, but in the long run efforts to make machines more aware of the state they are in and possibly to teach them how to do comprehensive troubleshooting are bound to accelerate.

The question is whether this goal is even achievable? In lots of ways, consumers are witnessing technology improvements that are headed in the direction of self diagnostics and self-repair. Just a cursory look back in time at what the standard was for computers a decade ago or so is tell-tale. Most electronic devices, like digital cameras or music players, to say nothing of larger peripherals such as printers, came with sets of drivers, dedicated software and required time-consuming installations and updates. Since then, producers have put considerable investment into making life easier for users and now you are more likely to come across standalone, ready-to-go gadgets that take much of the technical bother behind the scenes.

Self-configuration is one powerful trend, also evidenced by how new computers tend to come with pre-installed operating system and some selected applications. The downside for customers is that they by accepting what producers load on machines for them, they give up their right to control initial content of their PCs. Unfortunately, the same side effect plagues other trends that see the autonomy of computers strengthened.

There is a lot of talk about technology that allows machines to self-optimize themselves. It may refer to hardware, for example when the battery is designed to shut down computer subsystems in order to save energy and lengthen its life span, or to software when the operating system is capable of taking decisions to improve its own environment before it degrades or slows down. Again, this involves a degree of trade-off between convenience and freedom to see optimization in your own terms.

It is no better with self-protection. Most anti-virus programs can completely rely on themselves, if you elect so, in getting updates or making security choices, but this may rob you of control over how your machine is run.

Self-healing technology looks unstoppable too, as increasing power of processing and efforts to program computers into greater autonomy make it possible to cede more responsibility to them. Visits to computer repair Miami or other cities offer may not be over anytime soon and computer support Miami or other desperate keywords are not likely to stop being typed in search engines overnight, but the future looks challenging for them as machines keep learning to respond to their own errors.

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