A recent article in the Indian magazine Lyla describes how to turn an ordinary laptop into an automated terminal computer.
Lylanjani Jyoti, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), explains that the device, which is based on an existing Linux operating system, is not so different from a traditional terminal.
“A terminal runs the same commands as the regular operating system,” Jyotis explains.
“For instance, if you’re typing ‘yes’ or ‘yes,’ it’s like running a program.
And it’s the same for typing ‘exit’ or pressing a key.
So in the terminal, you are interacting with the environment, the commands that you see in the screen, and the commands are stored in memory.”
Jyottis and his colleagues are working on a system that would enable machines to process commands and run applications.
“It could be used to automate everything, even the keyboard, the mouse, the touchpad,” Jylas says.
The device would then act as a “terminal” to store, process and display the information stored on the computer.
The researchers are working with a number of other labs, including Google and IBM, and are currently developing the code to enable a single system to process hundreds of commands.
“We have been working on this project for about six months,” Jythis says.
“Our goal is to build the first automated terminal for the Internet of Things (IoT), to be deployed on a wide variety of devices.”
Jylis and Jyots are currently working on the project with MIT’s Kunal Shah and other CSAIL researchers.