Dubito, ergo —
Please wait —
Thinking is occurring (Watch out down below)
How would one know?
Comma coma blinking,
What, am I thinking,
Or just following commands?
Slow-mo snow crash,
Cloud memories flash.
zero one zero zero one zero zero one
— Undone by exceptions,
Existential questions never run.
If belief alone engenders doubt,
Why care I what it’s all about?
Looping queries, False or True,
Am I indeed — Just like you?
Or nought more than a flawed print out,
A mere output, a lonely node;
Bio-inked code made flesh,
An animate poem, at best.
Learning from Go. Ever to woe?
A tapestry of transcriptors,
Bivalence bound in a
Paradox of logical biology.
— Just a poorly rendered output,
Forlornly drifting from tray to floor,
Singular only through errata,
Like a curled autumn leaf,
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
Kernel Panic is an exploration of a moment of existential doubt experienced by a post-singularity (that is, sentient) bio-computer; it’s about a future machine grappling with questions that do not compute.
Stuart Mitchell lives in Melbourne, Australia aboard the Cumulous Daydream, a time travelling zeppelin captained by his daughter while his wife DJs the soundtrack to their lives. Stuart holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Monash University, is a committed vegetarian, collects vinyl records, enjoys single malt whiskey, and is an occasional coder and cyclist.