In our discussion about the difference between Human applications and their Houyhnhnm counterparts (I often pronounce “Houyhnhnm” as “Hunam”), I was intrigued by claims Ngnghm made (I usually call her “Ann”) that communication was much easier between activities of a Houyhnhnm computing system than between applications of a Human computer system. I asked Ann to elaborate on this topic.
It was easy to agree that Human computer systems made communication something much lower level than it could be. But Ann also argued that Humans had very poor algebras and interfaces for users to combine processes. Just what kinds of communication could there even exist besides the ones that already existed on Human computer systems?