Deus Ex Machina

As far as explaining plot twists, the term generally used to describe an overly elaborate or contrived solution that comes out of nowhere in film or literature is “Deus Ex Machina”, Latin for “God in the machine”.   This trope has been tirelessly played out since the beginning of language was first scripted, the idea being that a pattern or connection could tie together loose threads so succinctly and weave them together as necessitated by a designer is the way I experience the world and describes my faith in God.

While technology has evolved over the course of the last twenty years, the idea of technology (integrated systems on systems) or Cybernetics has become short formed into the prefix cyber which has been applied to all manner of terminologies to describe different phenomenon.  (Cyber bullying, Cyber security, etc.)

Cybernetics comes from the greek kubernētikós for the governing sailor that controls his/her environment.

Now a days these origins are over looked and used to describe some kind of tech double speak for relating to or using the internet.  The etymology is however important because while the technology has indeed advanced, understanding its workings and it’s principles we can see that the governing sailor is indeed still exerting control over it’s environment.  While unraveling networking and the systems in place to see where the control is coming from, we are glimpsing the very programming language that technology speaks.  Government the layering of systems of control down to the populace is a cybernetic instrument of technology.  While, yes I realize this can be more easily  demonstrated by simply posting code, the code is just the method by which the control is implemented.

All language is encoded to program and exert some kind of influence with the intent to achieve feedback or results.  A basic example of this would be the original governing sailor controls the rudder, in response to the winds, and navigates the sails, to move the boat.  This primitive example is a cybernetic case study that we can all learn from.  The scripting has indeed become more complicated, and thanks to fantastical realities of quantum computing, algorithms and programming now bombards everyone at nearly every level.  These systems on systems can be used to explain a lot, but the “Deus Ex Machina” of the script is still evident in the unknowable, reacting, and influencing, exerting control (governing) over microprocessors at a quantum level.

Learning how to code explains basics fundamental levels of how our brains process information and speak and think and act but the threads or strings (I am not going into string theory in this post) still abide by certain rules or laws.  The numbers we experience in our day to day life are variables in a computation that is constantly being crunched.  As the program runs, the universe expands and the algorithm churn out more possibilities unraveling different outcomes playing out different futures.  Technology and a scientific understanding or predicting of the order of these numbers before they place is in essence the art of script writing.  From the earliest scriptures spoken about in the bible, to the latest Hollywood scripts being passed around between actors and agents, all of these “scripted twists” explain how everything works out, which I argue, are demonstrations of God in the machine reoccurring.  While predictive models and technologies can occur simply put with an absence of design, all governing technology in the world is still the governing sailor exerting control on a rudder in response to the wind.   The climate or sum of the unknowable is how I describe God.


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