"What is autonomic computing? It is the ability of systems to be more self-managing. The term autonomic comes from the autonomic nervous system, which controls many organs and muscles in the human body. Usually, we are unaware of its workings because it functions in an involuntary, reflexive manner -- for example, we don't notice when our heart beats faster or our blood vessels change size in response to temperature, posture, food intake, stressful experiences and other changes to which we're exposed. And, by the way, our autonomic nervous system is always working."
Alan Ganek, VP Autonomic Computing, IBM