Monday, July 26, 2010

Clique Space(TM) and a knowning self.

As I have made clear in previous posts, Clique Space can model itself. This means that Clique Space closes the circle of capability because if it couldn't "autosimulate", it wouldn't really be an environment capable of modelling anything. It would be like a balloon which had a hole in it; Clique Space would quickly deflate.

What of this capability then? How does the property of autosimulation help Clique Space in other aspects? What could be the end result of a system capable of autosimulation?

A system capable of modelling itself is easily capable of extending this model to model its environment in much the same way as the cortical homunculus models the organism (including each one of us) within which it is maintained. In this way, Clique Space is capable of modelling all the devices that are attached to it in exactly the same way as we model all our bodily functions within our own homunculus.

Functions consequent to this mapping including coordination of numerous muscles in the performance of a particular act would also be rendered possible in a Clique Space through the coordination of devices connected to it. As an extension to this coordination, higher cortical functions such as emotions, thought, and memory can be coordinated internally inside a Clique Space in exactly the same way as each of us feel, think, and lay down memories.

I think the analogy is very real, but I also think it is a portent of much potential danger. If a big brother might exist, a Clique Space system will give it the necessary "little brother" simulator. Indeed, if a Clique Space system might permit a foundation on which a mechanised consciousness might form, the definition of the self in a society might need to be reassessed to include more than just people.

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