On Trinary Logic, Water Computation and other abnormal approaches to computing (brainstorming ADM,MAD,DMA)
A Trinary system: What would it be? How would it work? In this hypothetical worksession, we propose to research and play with two key elements of computing, the one of theoretical logic and the one of the calculating machine. The way we want to do so is to look historically at these two elements and the relation between them, and taking into account previous examples of hypothetical different ways they could work, experiment ourselves by making our own thought systems and physical calculators.
Can we conceive of other ways of using symbols, as well as other ways of calculating? Or rather, can we have different ways to relate to symbols and calculus? Is the "ideal or actual mechanization of processes of thought" allowing difference? Does the logical system come before the physical calculation necessarily? Can it be inverted and thought learn from a physical situation? a posteriori logic? no framing?
logic (n.) mid-14c., "branch of philosophy that treats of forms of thinking," from Old French logique (13c.), from Latin (ars) logica, from Greek logike (techne) "reasoning (art)," from fem. of logikos "pertaining to speaking or reasoning," from logos "reason, idea, word" (see logos). Meaning "logical argumentation" is from c. 1600.
What *else* happens when the logic/binary framework is applied to something physical-> ie. pulley logic https://vimeo.com/93042377 what about the other elements? the crooked threads, the nails etc.. In a 'water computer', If water is flowing down a path and meets a bifurcation, we tend to frame that bifurcation as a binary, mutually exclusive possibilities. But what if we do not look at the system like that, what if the division between the flow/fluid and the paths/frame is problematized. Where are the leaks going, and what do they mean? Perhaps this way of looking at the system also shines some light on the operative/inoperative, working/broken divisions. When we say that something is not working, it is not that it stops, it interrupts its movements, action etc. It simply drifts away from the frame, from the background expectations that constrains its working to its effective and efficient operation. The non-working system keeps on drifting, it does not follow the a priori rules, it escapes the framework, it creates by itself new paths. (e.g. a leaking pipe)
"At this point there enters an element which occurs repeatedly in the history of cybernetics - the influence of mathematical logic. If I were to choose a patron saint for cybernetics out of the history of science, I should have to choose Leibniz. The philosophy of Leibniz centers about two closely related concepts - that of a universal symbolism and that of a calculus of reasoning. From these are descended the mathematical notation and the symbolic logic of the present day. Now, just as the calculus of arithmetic lends itself to a mechanization progressing through the abacus and the desk computing machine to the ultra-rapid computing machines of the present day, so the calculus ratiocinator of Leibniz contains the germs of the machina ratiocinatrix, the reasoning machine. Indeed, Leibniz himself, like his predecessor Pascal, was interested in the construction of computing machines in the metal. It is therefore not in the least surprising that the same intellectual impulse which has led to the development of mathematical logic has at the same time led to the ideal or actual mechanization of processes of thought". (Wiener, Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine)