Mentions from Various People about Tron
" Tron shows you things that are very, very spiritual. You can think of yourself as a biocomputer, or an intelligent terminal, run by a cosmic computer in the Earth Coincidence Control Office. The biocomputer contains certain wired-in survival programs dealing with eating, reproduction, and so on, which lower animals also possess. But when the biocomputer reaches a certain threshold of complexity, there are higher-level programs in the association cortex that permit such things as making models, learning to learn, choice, and so forth. We have short-term choices, but God help you if you go against the Master Control Program. A terminal cannot understand itself because it lacks sufficient space, but a replica of itself is in the cosmic computer, which can understand it. At the highest level, your true self (the "user" in Tron) is a cosmic game player, with access to an infinite computer--the ECCO computer. That is metaprogramming, self-metaprogramming. "
Dr. John Lilly, M.D
In this sophisticated science/fiction, the AI that comes to be is not the proud invention of a lonely genius; or even a corporately funded team of geniuses. It has evolved, a side-effect of the complexity of interconnected data processing. Reflecting the provenance of even one piece of powerful software in the real world, it acknowledges no parent. As the rebel Master Control Program says, in a contemporary (and splendid) Disney computing fantasy: "no one human made me! "
The Neuroscience of Cyberspace (commenting on William Gibson's Neuromancer)