Information, Influence and Dissonance: the Utility of Fakes and Errors in System Self-Propagation

Information systems, viewed from a gestalt/holistic perspective, possess many properties we might otherwise recognise as self-propagation, "emergence" or self-organisation. The presence of values attributed semantic (or logical) properties of truth or falsity at a level of cognition or language may be purely incidental.From a Global Systems perspective, information systems autonomously pursue the optimal means of…

Disassembling Control: Talent, Technology and Entropy

In any context where an employment and technology ecosystem is so rapidly evolving - recognising talents, skills and aptitude becomes about as difficult and as (ultimately and) unmanageably complex as acquiring or maintaining them.What interests me here is a second-order semantic analysis: there is such an efflorescence of salient wisdom and clever advice available, so…

Technology: Utopian Aspirations?

Utopian aspirations are inevitably three parts marketing and one part plausibility. While communication (as much as communications platforms or technologies) is necessarily a matter of endlessly effervescent linguistic or logical self-inflection, the implicit openness of our contemporary context and the cognitive hyper-extension of technological complexity represents cost and burden as much as it does utility.A…

Higher-Dimensionality, Negation, Logical Freedom

Organisational and technological systems are generally structured by linear, procedural and additive modular methods. The new degrees of freedom available at a logical level are rarely acknowledged. Unexplored, abstract logical spaces of literal higher-dimensionality also exist. Higher dimensions are not magical, metaphysical mystery tours in some "other" spatial place or additional bolt-on to reality; they…

Octopus Farming: What is the (actual) product here?

Work into refining the viability of octopus farming continues apace. I doubt that there is any other animal on Earth the farming of which would so closely resemble the cultivation of extraterrestrial life.Reflections on a big(ger) picture: In what ways does accelerated aquaculture only continue to generate the problems which have led to the scarcity…

Enigma: When Strength is also Weakness

It is so often the case that the strength and the weakness of a technological or organisational system exist in (and as) that same structural and logical artefacts. The indefinite (recursive) extensibility of all material and logical systems is the foundation of, and cause for, this enigmatic duality.

Turing, Undecidability, Adaptation and Cancer

Alan Turing's proof of the undecidability of non-trivially sophisticated algorithms is sufficient reason for:• the autonomously adaptive, complex information strategies of life; and,• the intractably problematic and recursively non-terminating information transcription of cancer.

How free would we all be if there was no ultimate truth?

I just read an interesting (partial) article/concept/book on life, the universe and everything from biologist Robert Lanza: "Biocentrism: A New Theory of the Universe". I am not entirely convinced that the author is not just substituting one mystery and suite of questions with another. For instance - the role of the conscious observer in "creating"…

The Shadows of Entropy

It is a truth almost universally known but rarely, if ever, acknowledged that the strengths and the values of our world are simultaneously its weakness and qualitative (as much as quantitative) poverty. Contemporary communications systems have, for instance, been truly wonderous - they have brought us all closer together through near-instaneous text, voice and video…

Cancer, Senescence, Computation and Complexity

I had an intuition that rather than genetic or cellular breakage and strict malfunction that cancer represents something of an uncanny alignment with the Halting Problem of computational theory. What is on one level a function of an atavistic throwback to deep biological history where replication and continuity at all costs provides a cellular (genetic)…

Yet another “Crisis in Cosmology”

More cosmological enigmas are upon us. The statement that "disparate observed properties of the Universe appear to be mutually inconsistent" is awesome. It is endlessly entertaining that we are all so constantly surprised to discover that these discontinuities and (apparent) logical enigmas arise. When they do emerge as artefacts of observation, it suggests that radical…