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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Information is order. Order takes an object (or a medium), so there is no information in a vacuum. Both matter and energy can be ordered. The more matter you're ordering, the more it energy it costs to order. So it costs more to write a paragraph in bricks than in ink. Ordering energy is far more efficient, but ordered energy is transitory—it unfolds in time. Ordering kinetic energy in the air does not cost much energy, but it lacks permanence. To keep that information, people used to memorize, transmitting the order of sound-waves to their neurons. Memorization, a way to order matter, may not cost much energy, but it costs time. Paper and ink provided a more efficient (or at least a different) way to order matter. And now, magnetic bits are providing yet a more efficient way.

    What are bricks, neurons, paper and ink, and magnetic bits? They are mediums of information. Some hold information more readily than others (that is, they cost less energy to order). We see a similar pattern with regard to solvents. Water is the universal solvent for matter. Magnetic bits bear a similar relationship to order.

    Imagine a stream in which many elements had been dissolved in the water. So whenever I need iron or gold or silicon or hydrogen, I could just go to the steam and extract the element I needed. And when I needed to store an element, I could just drop it into the stream for later retrieval. Since the stream is connected to every other body of water, I could get the elements others drop in, too. But what if water wasn't just a solvent for the other elements? what if it could become the other elements? So I could not only extract iron from the stream, but (with the right tools) could form the water itself into iron? at an almost negligible cost? As general rule, it would be more efficient to drop something into the stream.

    Everything has a degree of order. Take a chair for example. A chair is matter ordered in a specific way. The order of the chair can be transmitted to various materials—wood, metal, and so forth. That order can also be transmitted to ink and paper, as a blueprint or a set of instructions. It can also be transmitted to magnetic bits as a blueprint, a set of instructions, and also a 3D model. So the order of all things can be uploaded to the Internet, which is made possible by the unique qualities of magnetic bits and electricity. The significance of this is that the Internet is assimilating the order of all things.

    Thus, the order of anything is now accessible and abundant. Therefore, there's enough by default to meet demand. What are still comparatively scarce are certain mediums. So I can easily get the order of a car, however, I'm limited to the medium of magnetic bits. Usually we want the order of a car in the medium of steel, rubber, glass, and fuel, but those are not as easily accessible. Thus, a premium will be placed on mediums of order, as opposed to order itself. And for those things whose order is functional in the medium of magnetic bits, there will also be enough of them to meet demand by default, eg software.

    Sat, Mar 13, 2010  Permanent link
    Categories: internet, information theory
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