Digital architectonics, hence, will focus on what aspects these considerations open up for better understanding the largely technical 20th century notion of information in it’s genuinely symbolic, algebraic make-up. How does the bit, as any-unit, belong into the genealogy of quantities, magnitudes, numbers, proportions, ratios? How does it fit within all that we know about treating known and unknown quantities, variable quantities i.e. any determinable indefinite quantity such as geometric summations or quadratures (integrals), or more radically and recently, since the rise of Dedekind’s conceptual number theory, the determinable indefinite quantities of algebraic kind, namely those determinable over the fields of numeric ideals instead of natural numbers or integers, when treated as terms within polynomial equation systems which always articulate wholeness by being genuinely dispars?
Perhaps a little example: say you put on a remote island in the middle of the ocean two shipwrecked sailors and they encounter there a fruit neither of them has ever seen or tasted before but that is delicious, nutritious and in plentiful supply. They will soon make up a word for it. The wongle fruit, as they might call it, because it might remind them of a wongle, which they’ll have a good laugh about, because only they will know what a wongle is, will soon acquire its own connotations and associations, and it will become part of their culture. Wongle juice, sea bass grilled and served with wongle, dried wongle and wongle powder will not be far off. And even if the two stranded sailors do not speak the same language and do not come from the same background, they are still capable of naming their fruit wongle or anything else they like the sound of, and the word may still become part of their little island culture. Until they are rescued by a passing vessel, take some wongle fruit with them and start an immensely successful wongle business, soon exporting wongle to every corner of the world, patenting their wongle soft drink and turning Wongle into a trademark and global brand. Because of its great health benefits, their ethical farming practices and a clever, sustained marketing campaign, Wongle may soon stand for something that is universally good and beneficial, and the word may become part of people’s vocabulary around the world. They may start using it to express something really wholly to be endorsed, and say things like “he’s a wongle of a man”, or “we’ve had a wongle holiday”… It may even turn into a verb: “I don’t know how she did it, but she’s certainly wongled it!” The humble wongle has become well and truly symbolised.
So, theoretical questions for pre-specific modelling involve, among others, questions like: what are we actually analyzing, when looking for classification in datasets? What orientates our expectations when extracting the co-called Proportional Means for clustering data? How can we make sense of vectors, feature vectors but especially also eigenvectors, eigenvectors-conceived-within-populations? Because eigenvectors each encapsulate – to put it somewhat drastically – the entire Universe of Discourse that is logically (inferentially) possible on what they index. Are they not encountering, with this capacity of demarcating potential coherency, an oxymoron-kind of concept, a kind of “quantitative concept” which has not yet been articulated and rendered into an actual, intuitive form and meaning? And what, more profoundly still, orientates our ideas thereof? And how can we learn to think about orientation as an ability, as the intellectual ability to maintain social, cultural, economical stability, self-composure and placidness?
There are two assumptions we hold crucial for such a perspective. The first is that we can become friends with the electron. And the second is that electricity is an intellectual abstraction of energy. We are living on and are part of a genius planet.