Computers overloaded by tasks resort to thrashing

Date created: 2022-07-18

Thrashing occurs when a computer is overloaded, and it’s completely preoccupied with metawork.

When merely remembering everything we need to be doing occupies our full attention – or prioritizing every task consumes all the time we have to do them – or our train of thought is continually interrupted before thoughts can translate to action – it feels like panic, like paralysis by way of hyperactivity. It’s thrashing, and computers know it well.


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