Music and the Singularity .
4 Nov 2008
Why is such a large proportion of resources spent on music ?
It is not a new thing either . (Ref Homer , bards , minstrels , operas , etc)
But the percentage has been growing .
The iPod drove entire new electronic industries .
A Personal music player is also the single one item that has not even a vague precursor in previous predictions or science-fiction .
To see this we must understand what functional role music plays on a neurological and societal level .
The tools :
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “New Tools”
1.Orders of Randomness
Randomness of order stronger than the flipping of a coin exist .
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “Orders of Randomness” et al
2. Infinite Probes
Universal optimization of reserves , markups and profits
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “Infinite Probes” et al
3. Exchange Rates
Symmetry-break in delineated phase spaces a characteristic of this Universe .
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “Financial Crisis 2008:Exchange Rates” et al
The definition of sapient intelligences , with an appropriate notational system .
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “Artificial Intelligence” et al
Add standard known knowledge:
6. Fingertip pressure calculation for branch harmonics in proto-apes to determine position and fleeing direction .
7. Synchronization of time/identity of different mirror-neuron network sub-identities via brain waves of various frequencies .
Add them all together and shake .
Let them self-assemble
Developmental description of a being or society :
Identifiable mirror-neuron networks form (paras 4,5,6,7).
Interaction is possible because of para 7 .
They interact via exchange-rates (para 3) to form entities with profits( reserves) (para 2) , ie with identity . A reserve can be described as inertia .
Paras 1 and 4 combine to create higher AI states (The x in AI(x) increases , and is maintained by paras 2 and 3 .)
Paras 3,6 and 7 .
Para 6 (substitute the axiom for the species of your choice , but a generalized axiom is probably not possible , without tinkering with para 1)
As the number of mirror-networks with a reserve(ie identity) grows , the number of interactions grow factorially . But they have to interact (be synchronized ) in a meaningful fashion . Both in the brain and the society .
In the primitive brain , (AI(0)) , this is done by the various brain-waves (alpha , beta ,etc) . But as the x in AI(x) grows , to synchronise these would require significant hard-wire adaptations in the brain .
AI(1) Instead , music (AI(1)) , an adaptation of sound , is used to synchronize various mirror-neuron-networks to create AI(1) . Ref entrainment .
Music can thus be seen as an essential concomitant with language .
AI(2) Likewise , poetry (a rhythmic written form) , together with music forms AI(2) .
Novels? I suggest software that casts a novel into increasingly exotic metre-formats .
But this is something humans can compete with (ref Shakespeare) . But a translation might need a metre-translation .
AI(3) is formed by adding visual media . Visual rhythmic formats . Soapies , operas , sitcoms , etc . This is now a major way of how people define themselves .
Facebook , etc .
AI(3.099999…) -> AI(3.1)
This implies that a large number of facebook systems will become indistinguishable from a mind-computer interface system .
Likewise AI(3.99999…) ->AI(4)
This implies that a large number of mind-computer interface systems will become indistinguishable from a parallel-processing quantum computer .
And so forth .
Harmony and discordance .
This depends on the beth level of the system . Harmonies at higher beth levels can sound discordant to an observer at a lower beth level .
See boredom below .
Staleness , ennui .
This is intimately linked to the Reserve mechanism .
After about a third of anything , the system gets bored because it estimates the reserve has been met .
If you want to say anything significant , say it in the first third . But the rest of the 2/3 has to be filled in .
An example :
Notice only the first third is remembered .
Note that the human mind has only three short-term memory registers .
This is because it is a trinary computational system . Having more than three actually degrades performance . But , by using synchronization systems like music it can expand the size of each register on a very basic level . The mirror-neuron network comprising each register can be kept coherent by resonance effects . Ie music .
The way to avoid boredom is to promise N repeats , then change at about 0.27xN .
This has been perfected in music . A sequential theme is interrupted and changes into a new one about a quarter way into the sequence .
TV show-producers still have to realise this .
This is a result from Infinite Probes (para2 above) and is always true , regardless of society or art or anything .
As can be seen , music is essential for humans to co-ordinate networks of mirror-neurons and remain sane . Hence iPods are music distribution nodes , not music composition nodes . The computational capability is sufficient to compose .
But that is not what humans require . They need slight variations on a theme to co-ordinate beth(1) neural firing rates .
Internal music .
All people can hear and compose music in their heads . From the above , this is a necessary skill to exist as humans . By utilizing the simple mechanism of composing a sequence promising N repeats , then seguing into something else repeatedly at 0.27N points , and closing with one of the well-known shut-down sequences , will dramatically increase brain effectiveness .
Of course , your iPod can be programmed to this too .
Ideally , it should pick up the internal music and embroider on that for the desired effect . Co-ordinating with all the other iPods on the planet . Can you see where this is going?
About 5-7 years in the future .