Are binary choices becoming an endangered species? Flexibility on binary seems to go in one of two directions:
(1) There is the conversion from binary to a spectrum instead.
- Oscillation along the spectrum between two limits is useful for bird flight, in juggling and in art. Or to make songs more interesting.
- Computers to date have been binary, but quantum computing uses more of a spectrum approach.
- Expert amateurs and novice professionals existing between the states of expert professional and rank amateur.
- Logic used to be binary. Then we recognised fuzzy logic as useful too.
- Governments generally moved away from binary sentencing in the justice system (death penalty or not, innocent or guilty) to concepts of restitution, share of blame, clemency and degree of penalty.
- Human genders used to be recognised as male or female. Now we recognise a trans gender spectrum.
- Political parties used to cluster around left wing or right wing. Now simultaneous local, national and trans-national identities feature just as prominently for voters.
(2) There is two merging into one united view, perhaps to realise synergies.
- Humans used to combine our skills with nature’s raw materials (binary). It was obvious what was created by nature and what was created by people. Then we invented technology and eventually added synthetic biology to natural biology. We also augmented our own design approaches with computer-aided design & build. Then came computer-generated design & build, with its merging of physical and digital reality into augmented and virtual reality. And its blending of natural and synthetic biology.
- People’s identity started when they were conceived. And their actions ceased when they died. Now people can pre-programme digital events (including posts) to happen after they think they will die. It then becomes possible to give the digital appearance of human life, after actual physical death.
What do you think?