Ben van Lier: Federated Cloud Computing and Consensus Algorithms

7/06/2021 - 14:50

In his 1956 book entitled An Introduction to Cybernetics[i], William Ross Ashby argues that interconnectability is a fundamental feature of machines. In his view, ‘two or more whole machines can be coupled to form one machine; and any one machine can be regarded as formed by the coupling of its parts, which can themselves be thought of as small, sub-machines’ (Ashby ,1956, p. 48). In 1962, Ashby predicts that these kinds of interconnections between computers or intelligent mechanisms will increasingly become normal and make up the core of self-organisation by computers. He argues[ii] that the core of this self-organisation is made up of the conditions under which the interconnections will be created.