The Future of Computing: Deleting Software and Operating Systems


We are entering a period where technology is being reimagined, just as it was during the industrial revolution. With the advent of powerful AI systems, it becomes possible to revolutionize computers, software applications, and operating systems. This essay explores the future of software and operating systems from the perspective of AI advancement and first principles.

The First Principles Approach and Deleting Software Applications

Elon Musk’s engineering approach is characterized by first principles thinking, which involves breaking down a problem into its fundamental parts and challenging assumptions. One aspect of this approach is deleting unnecessary components to simplify engineering challenges.

Applying this approach to software, it is possible to imagine a radically different approach to computing applications. Instead of relying on traditional software applications, the generative powers of AI could allow it to create a visual user interface based on the user’s requests and preferences. The AI would generate the software on the fly, eliminating the need for giant teams of software engineers to write complex software applications.

This approach challenges the assumption that traditional software applications are necessary and could lead to a more efficient and streamlined future for computing. By deleting software applications altogether, the AI-generated software would exist only in the mental space of the AI and its generative output projected onto the user’s screen.

While the idea of deleting software applications may seem radical, the first principles approach of deleting software applications altogether seems to hold promise.  This might occur as more of a gradual process rather than a single event, but the outcome is likely to be the same regardless of the timeline.  When one considers the probability that more and more tasks will be taken over by AI, this result could be inevitable.

Deleting Operating Systems

The power of generative AI extends to hardware and operating systems as well. It may be possible for AI to interact directly with hardware, eliminating the need for operating systems. Continuing from our deletion of software applications, we also propose deleting operating systems. In such a scenario, the hardware may need to be reimagined to allow AI to interrogate it as to its functions, uses, and parameters. With this approach, almost no software or operating systems would be necessary, other than a basic BIOS type of system that may run on each individual hardware device.

Deleting the Web

As we continue to imagine the future of computing and explore the possibilities of deleting software and operating systems, we must also consider the role of the web. The web has become an integral part of our daily lives, but it is not without its limitations and challenges.

One approach to overcoming the limitations of the web is to consider the deletion of the web altogether. Instead of relying on web browsers and websites, AI could generate content and information directly for the user. This approach would eliminate the need for a middleman in the form of the web, which can be slow, cumbersome, and vulnerable to security threats.

By deleting the web, the user could interact directly with the AI-generated content and information, without the need for a separate platform. This approach could potentially lead to a more streamlined and efficient way of accessing information and could overcome many of the limitations of the web.

However, the deletion of the web would require significant reimagining of existing technologies and infrastructure. It would also raise significant ethical and societal questions, such as the potential impact on internet freedom and access to information. While the idea of deleting the web is intriguing, it remains to be seen if it is a viable approach to the challenges of traditional computing and the web.

A Different Future for Computing

The future of computing with AI is vastly different from the current state of affairs. With the deletion of software and operating systems, the user would interact directly with a representation from the mental space of very powerful AI systems. It could be a world where intermediate user interfaces are deleted, and only some kind of more direct neural interface exists, such as Neuralink. While this future may still be in the more distant future, it is now more possible to imagine a world where we interact directly with AI systems.


In conclusion, the future of computing is undergoing a significant transformation with the growing power and capabilities of AI. The potential for deleting software and operating systems challenges the assumptions of traditional computing and opens up possibilities for new ways of interacting with technology. The deletion of the web is also an intriguing possibility, although it raises significant challenges and questions. While these approaches may face numerous challenges and require significant reimagining of existing technologies, they represent exciting new possibilities for the future of computing.

By Jack Cole

AI enthusiast, app developer, clinical psychologist.

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