Rebooting Ourselves

I had a bit of a problem yesterday with one of the programs on my computer, so before I got worked up about it, I restarted the computer. And as I hoped, the problem was resolved.

Which got me to thinking — what would it be life if we could reboot ourselves when things go wrong? Not to do a factory reset — I mean, I for one, wouldn’t want to have to start my life over as a baby. It’s taken me decades to get to the point where I am now. A full factory reset would force me to live all those years over again, and the very idea seems unutterably horrific. But to be able to reset what isn’t working right while keeping memories and experience intact? To get back to where we older folk can walk effortlessly without having to place each foot solidly on the ground before moving forward? To get our cells back to replicating exactly without all the little “mistakes” that add up to aging?

And then think about the other “programs” we could use, such as virus protection and virus removal. Add to that any supplemental “hardware” such as more memory.

The idea is staggering.

Alas, although our bodies seem to work like computers at times, we don’t have the capability they have for self-repair. (Though for the most part, our immune systems do a good job, at least until they are overwhelmed by age or other detrimental factors.)

On the other hand, computers don’t have the capacity for enjoyment and beauty and feelings that we have. At least not yet.

I might not be able to reboot myself (except in the winter when I have to reboot myself to go back outside to finish shoveling snow or something like that), but there are offsetting factors like . . . well, like tulips!

Although winter temperatures returned, with lows in the twenties (Fahrenheit), a few tulips managed to bloom anyway, bringing a dollop of color to an otherwise murky morning.

That for sure is worth something.

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4 Responses to “Rebooting Ourselves”

  1. Uthayanan Says:

    I am not specialist to explain in English about IT subjects but Estragon can.
    But something about rebooting. Like windows 3.1, 95, 98, Xp, after windows 7 specially windows 10 not necessarily to rebooter every time there is a conflict memory with the software. Except windows 10 ask you. Simply you have to refresh without rebooting. You can close softwares without rebooting.
    And if your hard disk is really damaged or spoiled factory reset impossible.
    I agree with you I don’t want to have to start my life over as a baby.
    I am not afraid to gettin old. Every mistakes made me learn. Whatever experience about my life until now I would like to keep with me.
    Like my wife’s souvenirs.
    Computers knows only to calculate. Without electricity impossible to survive. But human can survive without electricity can think, paint, write, play music, cook, even calculate without a machine.
    When you are tired it is better to refresh than rebooting.
    Your tulips were lovely. I like theses beautiful yellow flowers.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I didn’t actually reboot, at least I don’t think I did. I just restarted the computer. I probably don’t do it often enough, so it was probably a good thing.

      I like your idea of refreshing ourselves rather than rebooting. It does help!

  2. Estragon Says:

    In a sense, we do reboot. Sleep shuts down and clears working memory. It’s apparently theorized the process of dreaming is how our brain files away “useful” working memory to long term storage. I know well just how a lack of sleep makes me just as messed up as a computer in need of a restart!

    It’ll likely be a few weeks before any sort of flowers appear here. The foliage has emerged though, and it seems some tulips I though were goners have survived. Squirrels dug them up last fall, and although I put them back in the dirt I had no idea which way was up or how deep they should go. At least some of them seem to have been right side up 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I’d sure like to reboot my ligaments. They seem to have lost much of their elasticity. But maybe some of the therapy exercises I’m doing will help.

      I think I’ll need to dump more dirt on the places where my tulips are. Even though so many are alive, very few decided to reward me with flowers.

      Still a few more weeks before your tulips bloom? And here I thought we were having a long winter!


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