The coevolution of human, animal and machine
Computer data storage capacity (space) and CPU speed (time)
is out-pacing software development to the extent that rather
sloppy software is being written which is wasteful of space-time.
Moore's Law addresses this increase in spatio-temporal bandwidth.
Parkinson's Law addresses the fact that an increased bandwidth
will be exploited (regardless of the quality of that exploitation).
McLuhan's Tetrad describes the resulting "reversal" from the
increased bandwidth in terms its over-exploitation or
over-modulation leading to negative feedback.
Bremermann's Limit seems to describe the ultimate limit of
Moore's Law as a physical limitation.
CISC, or "complex instruction set" CPUs have evolved into RISC
or "reduced instruction set" CPUs in much the same sense that
human's have off-loaded the hard-wired behaviours of the animals
into "languages" or "software".
Animals complex behaviour seems largely more instinctive than
learned when compared with humans. Their behaviours seem more
like CISC processors in that most (not all) of them are hardwired.
Humans though, seem to begin with a minimal but unique basis of
hardwired functions which, much like an RISC opset allow
for offloading much of human behaviour into "memetic software"
which it picks up from birth and society via many different
The physical means by which "language" is encoded are many
and these I will refer to as "language channels". Non-verbal forms
of languages like touch, smell, sight or body-language, have
different communicative capacities and dimensions.
Some of these language channels are rather orthogonal at times.
For instance, "reading" is visually transmitted language but
while looking at a painting is also visual, it does not convey
the same behaviours of a language channel such as "speech".
But, what we can "say" about a painting is converted into
speech so that in a sense, the visual language channel is
overlapped with the "speech" language channel to the extent
that we feel satisfied that the information communicated
be a verbal language matches the information communicated
by a visual language. In this sense the language channels
may at times be non-orthogonal.
One might compare the "evolution" of RISC from CISC
computer processors with the evolution of humans from
animals in terms of the preoccupation of humans with
extending it's spatio-temporal bandwidth of communications
relegating hardwired behaviours to adaptive ones that are
programmable via socially derived software.
In this sense humans are more space-time efficient in
terms of "hardware" or genetics, but in terms of their
behaviours, they tend to be much less economical with
that luxury of additional space-time, than animals.
Their behaviours are always tending towards increasing
the height of the roof (increasing the maximum entropy),
rather than in terms of efficient use of a fixed and
finite maximum number of dimensions of some closed
system (decreasing entropy), but a compromise between
these extrema is always in effect.
This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the market economy
where the "roof" is increased in terms of inflation,
and wasteful uses of resources are promoted by speculation,
while at the same time, the efficient use of limited resources
must be promoted via regulatory actions of government
interventions to prevent the "virtual reality" of rapid
growth from becoming too confused with the "reality"
of bandwidth limitations on production and delivery
(the communications of commodities).
If Bremermann's Limit indicates some ultimate height of
that roof, then mankind will ultimately have to cease its
imperialistic evolution and settle into a final
time-invariant state of being "sophisticated animals" ?
Society and Culture both, download their "wetware" memes
into the individuals. While Society is more concerned
with laws, Culture is more concerned with freedoms.
A Society is bound together under a "legal logic" constraining
freedoms, while a Culture is bound together by a certain
superposition or distribution of probabilities for
specific language channels which we might call a "memetic space"
or "memetic spectrum". But in a complete picture combining
Society and Culture, the term "memetic space-time" is more
appropriate, in the same sense that quantum theory hybridizes
spatial (particle-like) and temporal (wave-like) concepts.
It might be said that societies evolve lineraly but cultures
mutate parallely. Where it can be said of a society that it
is "progressive", implying temporal change, such a term does
not seem to apply to cultures which are often footed on
Cultures change more slowly and 'spatially' in the sense that
they are influenced mutagenically, incorporating by inffusion
of new 'states' from possible states and cultures may change
more quickly in terms of superpositions and hybridizations of
existing states within it's largely closed system. The history
of a culture is more analogical than causual. It's history
records itself in terms of metaphoric prose such as in religious
documents and quasi-fictional literature.
Society's changes are more sequential, 'causual' and linear
in the sense of its developmenting infrastuctures, like laws
and technologies in the course of progress. The 'logic' of a
society's changes are documented in a causual history of that
"Memetic Algorithms" seem to try and address this cohabitation
of societal constraints with various cultural memetic spaces
and so memetic algorithms has much in common with quantum physics
and relativity theory in terms of hybridization and spatial-temporal
constraints in a communications theoretic (cybernetic) sense.