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-- Guide to Ridge Route


Activities become primary parameters

Developing activity

If these pages will lead to practical tools for analysis and organization of ambiguities, the most likely approach appears to require fundamental changes in the nature of locations:
synchronous inputs and outputs -- through which structural events are explored with a mass action step -- controlled by an external clock -- the design introduced in device_1
replace with
new input/output hardware with a parameter of activity (e.g. frequency, or pulses per second) -- calculated on the basis of the history of that location's activity and of the activity history of locations connected to the subject location through structural events. Calculations are effected through convolution (superimposition) integration carried out by conventional computer chip at each location.

The nature of on_locations is also changed. Previously, on_locations were distinguished from other locations. Now, all locations are on_locations, but they differ in activity. Those with higher activity are more brightly on.

Developmental principles advise that device_4 should "reduce" to earlier devices:

The author's approach to device_4 is guided by scientific approaches to large-scale physical systems.

Suggestive and speculative concepts from physics and mathematics:

The author envisions a device designed to maintain patterns of activity near the boundary between order and chaos and that might resemble conceivable designs for a brain.

The author envisions interpretating an instability in a device as an ambiguity in a data structure.

All materials copyright by Robert Kovsky, 1997.