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# Technoculture :

Culture as Technology,

Toward a Living Theory of Integrated Information

## by Branden Collins

with contributions from members of Service, Communion, OMy focus today is aimed at building upon the culmination of the work of The Young Never Sleep Studio & my independent research, toward a

*unified theory of information*and the development of “living technologies”

*.*I define “living technologies” or

*as any information technology (tools, cultures, customs, traditions, social systems, etc.) that emerge from & interact with living systems. This includes living organisms that could be considered “conscious”. With this, we propose that cultural media & expression represent a time-bound record of universally evolving consciousness (i.e. self-stimulation) through living technologies. Supported by research in mathematics, physics, biochemistry, culture theory, information theory, quantum gravity theory, and more, we show that*

**Technoculture****emerges from complex living systems, and work to examine the implications of this as it relates to the development of new platforms, systems & products.**

*Technocutlure*This unified theory will establish the foundation for an ever-evolving, decentralized, second-life platform called

**Communion**.

**Introduction:**

The Kekulé Problem: Where did language come from?

How Information Helps Us Understand the Fabric of Reality

Aeon Essays: How Social & Physical Technologies Collaborate to Create

Kevin Kelly, Technium Unbound

*Information theory is the scientific study of the*

A key measure in information theory is

Applications of fundamental topics of information theory include source coding/

**quantification**,**storage**, and**communication**of**digital information**. The field was fundamentally established by the works of**Harry Nyquist**and**Ralph Hartley**, in the 1920s, and**Claude Shannon**in the 1940s. The field is at the intersection of**probability theory, statistics, computer science, statistical mechanics, information engineering**, and**electrical engineering**.A key measure in information theory is

**entropy**. Entropy quantifies the amount of uncertainty involved in the value of a**random variable**or the outcome of a**random process**. For example, identifying the outcome of a fair**coin flip**(with two equally likely outcomes) provides less information (lower entropy) than specifying the outcome from a roll of a**die**(with six equally likely outcomes). Some other important measures in information theory are**mutual information**, channel capacity,**error exponents**, and**relative entropy**. Important sub-fields of information theory include**source coding, algorithmic complexity theory, algorithmic information theory**and**information-theoretic security.**

Applications of fundamental topics of information theory include source coding/

**data compression**(e.g. for**ZIP files**), and channel coding/**error detection and correction**(e.g. for**DSL**). Its impact has been crucial to the success of the**Voyager**missions to deep space, the invention of the**compact disc**, the feasibility of mobile phones and the development of the Internet. The theory has also found applications in other areas, including**statistical inference, cryptography, neurobiology, perception**, linguistics, the evolution and function of molecular codes (**bioinformatics**),**thermal physics, molecular dynamics, quantum computing, black holes, information retrieval, intelligence gathering, plagiarism detection, pattern recognition, anomaly detection**and even**art creation**.(via. Wiki)

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