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When Big is Small: Technological Miniaturisation as Self-Accelerating Singularity

Context: The revolution in satellite technology means there are swarms of spacecraft no bigger than a loaf of bread in orbit

It is a curious property of the juggernaut of relentless technological metamorphosis that utility is generally measured in inverse proportionality to miniaturisation, regardless that a network of associated, integrated systems quite naturally proliferate and grow to support these sociotechnical abbreviations and organisational facilitators.

Consider, also, that as information-processing power accelerates along with miniaturisation, it displaces complexity into and as data that then becomes the logical corollary and (offset) combinatorial possibility-space of future innovation.

This invokes a self-propagating necessity for greater processing power and miniaturisation.

So, we generate technologies which then recursively bootstrap themselves up into self-validation and eventually become components, entities, artefacts and systems of critical dependency.

The gestalt conceptual map here is as of a self-gravitating system that in every bifurcation or developmental iteration generates more sophisticated patterns and symmetries of information and energy-processing (i.e. computational) complexity, as though a soliton-like compression wave travelling through and as the distributed transmission medium of its own consequences.

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