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kore wrote

thank you for such a thoughtful response

I've actually never heard of the terms philosophy of sameness or philosophy of difference but i think I am familiar with the concept from studying buddhism and daoism.

I see what you're getting at with the argument about programming. But I think it doesn't take into account the defining aspect of computers: they are reprogrammable, and they also operate in the dimension of time. One can change the inputs, processes, and outputs, and programs which change the inputs, processes, and outputs of other programs can also be constructed. In this sense, long running, very flexible programs are always in a process of becoming. Smalltalk systems are perhaps a good real world example of this.

You also may be interested in something like amorphous computing, a quote from the homepage:

How do we obtain coherent behavior from the cooperation of large numbers of unreliable parts that are interconnected in unknown, irregular, and time-varying ways?

notice especially the use of the word "coherent" rather than something like "fixed" or "repeatable"

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