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In Misc. on December 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Computers that dream.  All computer use during the day — email, word-processing, internet, etc. — is recorded.  Then, during the “night” — or whenever you want the computer to dream — this data is played back on your computer, chopped up into random chunks, just the way thoughts and recent memories are thrown together in dreams.  Not entirely random, of course: the way the data are played back could approximate, in a crude way, what we know about how dreams work.  More recent activity on the computer could start out more prominent in the dreaming sequence, for example.  Typical dream effects — distortions in size, inversions of meaning — could be reproduced.  Certain algorithms could even give “emotional” weight to different activity on the computer over days, weeks, or years, and give it the appropriate place in the computer’s dreaming life.