What is software?

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 2 (2):89-119 (1988)
In defining the concept of software, I try at first to distinguish software from data, noise, and abstract patterns of information with no material embodiment. But serious objections prevent any of these distinctions from remaining stable. The strong thesis that software is pattern per se, or syntactical form, is initially refined to overcome obvious difficulties; but further arguments show that the refinements are trivial and that the strong thesis is defensible
Keywords Computer  Metaphor  Ontology  Philosophy  Software  Symbol
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