Test Information Space

Journal of Tech, Testing and Trends


Posted by cadsmith on April 16, 2010


Consider meta2verse or meta2virtualization as universes created to hold compressed copies of other possible, or existing, universes or multiverses, including futures waiting for ‘”when to be”. These may be stored as mathematics or software and have the interrelations and interfaces of affinity groups or clusters, also the relevant calculations and transforms between sets. Meaning may be discovered In a process of visual or tactile sense and prediction which covers zones or branches of associated realizations, e.g. science, tech, energetics, biology and materials. These may have new categories in addition to Library of Congress class T Technology which does not yet include biotech, nanotech, cognitive or IT itself. In the M2V is found the perfect community or social network, aliens, and symmetries which balance rights lost in other domains, at least if wishful thinking is allowed, as well as subtler reflections of other contexts in local and vice-versa. Some of this may show up on the net, and some of that exemplified in about 56 recent bookmarks and tags since the previous post, including overlaps. Or can skip down to book reviews.

The Design of Design, Brooks 2009. Branching Bridges: Author favors spatial design approach. Historical anecdotes characterize this as classic problem. Rational model is limited. Empirical test is necessary. Requirements are separated for design and construction; Agile is shown as alternative. Recommends Boehm’s spiral model. Mills’ Cleanroom.Software Engineering used for inspection; Expands on team design complements architect vision. Problem space permutations evolve as well as design space. Collaborative CAD traces development so can revisit steps. Constraints often simplify process since solution requires less generality. Example cases include software, buildings, books and data centers. Does not cover design patents.

Anthill, Wilson 2010. This is no Rockwell painting, though the sunlight is positive and without any climate change dramatics. There is a faith in nature demonstrated by a Thoreau-like ecological utopia, but the protagonist “could not equate the crusade for the environment with that for civil rights” consistent with his becoming an American lawyer. Raphael, Raff or Scooter is a likeable character. He is nostalgic for his homeland around Lake Nokobee and they derive meaning from eachother. Other beneficiaries are a scout troop and NRA. Twain might have been tempted to send him travelling in time to question his worldview, but the author continuously reinforces it. The symbols may seem stereotypical yet they act deeply according to theories of “scientific humanism”, sociobiology and consilience. Religion is biological, postulated for ants as well, and includes rightwing zealots. There are no equations. Darwin and Linnaeus are inspirations, but the overall form is biography. Point of view is mostly third person and has first person narration by Raff’s mentor, professor Norville, botanist rather than Kingsley of Paper Chase. Dialogue is given voices; this is the south. Frogman, the raw paranoid hunter, is an anti-hero to Raff yet there are dependancies. The prologue claims there are three scales, ants, humans and biosphere. The chronicles describe the ongoing wars between colonies of the title. Except for this analogy and the ministers’ battle between good and evil, war is treated as historical event. This is not a scifi story. It is naturalist and counter-myth; there is no tech. Wilson fans will enjoy seeing his ideas cast in a new richly descriptive format.

Transition, Banks 2009. The prologue opens with a murder and hints at multiple perspectives and rationales, sort of like Patient 8262 as Sherlock Holmes discussing 007, Dune spice navigators, Quantum leap, Houdini and Harry Potter. The novel is set in the recent past. Fifteen chapters group several paragraphs for each character’s context some of whom are in first person, others in third or describing eachother, An alternate earth has a university to teach how to transition between bodies on different planets as easily as actors change roles, “to flit or not to flit”, effectively eliminating the need for the author’s famous alien spaceships. There is a magic potion in the form of pills called Septus (a term which may also refer to a septum or membrane between tissues or cavities). A hidden government council manages the monopoly on this and has spotters to recruit secret agents by physical contact to act as samaritans or assassins as necessary to “change things. For the better, we would hope, …”. Tandemisers travel together. Foreseers predict futures. Trackers spy. There are also blockers, exorcisers and the Speditionary guard. One use is immortality by physical replacement. There is a danger of the destination becoming multiple aliens at once or of being forcibly transitioned in or out which is still preferable to execution. All of this allows the author to simultaneously contrast possible futures and a variety of normative standards, e.g. alien catchers, religious regimes, war on the unAware’s, or intentional time paradoxes. This is a fun and stimulating story.

The Big Questions, Landsburg 2009. This is a general introduction to mathematical economics which also tries to simplify answers to “…the big questions of philosophy: Where did the universe come from? Why is there something instead of nothing? How is knowledge possible? What justifies a belief? How can we tell right from wrong, and good from evil? How should we live our lives?” An economists’ golden rule (EGR) is proposed to compare cost-benefits for both others and self. Frank Ramsey is author’s favorite philosopher. Also recommends Tegmark’s paper on “The Mathematical Universe” where physics is mathematics and human-semantic-type baggage, able to show isomorphism between external reality and mathematical structures. Some discussion of consciousness and AI emphasizes Dennett. The book does not cover controversial topics and the blog characterizes the recent crisis as “just another bank run, pure and simple”. Reader would seek additional sources for topics such as behavioral economics, emotions, history and types of philosophies, analysis of scarcity, investing, ecommerce, debt or solutions for alternative economics.

Quantability, yours truly, 2010. short story explores what might happen if scifi ever disappears from the public imagination again.


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