What would you do to understand a machine that has much more than an average of 7.0E27 functional parts at its fundamental layer of abstraction(LOA), with hundreds of such functional layers, trillions of processes at each of these LOA, occuring simultaneously at different speeds, with each process at the most fundamental level affecting drastically what happens in that level and every level above it so much so that a slight error in any of these levels may determine whether this machine works or not or functions less efficiently? What if each of these processes are similar to the ones found even in the simplest of its kind, yet the final outcomes and behaviours are a zillion times better?
What if there are no manuals to explain this machine and we would like to know the source of a bizzare and seemingly impossible behaviour like for example: being better than infinite monkeys on infinite type writers? What if we would like to enhance, aggravate or mitigate this behaviour?
What if we would like to do all this but we don’t know all of the above mentioned processes and states of functional parts and most of what we know are non-contributing to the outcome under investigation?
“When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does a personality simulation become the bitter mote… of a soul?” — Dr. Alfred Lanning in the movie I, Robot