The mathematician and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge said that "it takes a technologically advanced industrial civilization to make a technologically advanced civilization." We get around this catch-22 by using the infrastructure of the next civilization to literally build itself, each creates the other. The chicken and egg paradox can only be solved by creating both the chicken and egg simultaneously.
We take the aspirational title for this issue from the term, "eating your own dog food", or "dogfooding" which is the stage when a company begins using one's own products and services in-house. If your company makes dog food, you can guess what will be on the menu this evening.
This issue will explore the functional requirements and architecture of the software that will be used as the automated infrastructure for a technological society. Our goal is that from this issue going forward, we will be using a primitive version of the infrastructure used by a future civilization to power the journal that explores how to design and build that infrastructure.
Is it possible? After many years of study and work we now can confidently say that, yes, it is possible. Will we be able to pull this off? I did mention the aspirational part, right?