2022-01-15 Peter Burkimsher
Hypothesis 1: The most efficient algorithm is a Binary search
on a sorted list.
Hypothesis 3: We can Quicksort
the world together.
What does this have to do with Wolfram?
20 years ago, in A New Kind of Science, Steven Wolfram
gave many examples of natural systems, fundamental physics, and programming in multiple dimensions.
I believe that every dimension is an XML tag, a field in a database, a column in an Excel spreadsheet.
The mathematical tool of cellular automata
, a form of 2D visual programming, can be used to distil simple algorithms from complex, apparently random, behaviour.
What does a binary tree look like in culture?
Let's look at a collection of culture categories from sortLikes
technically this meta-list could be in a hierarchy of folders with only 2 items, but if it still fits on my laptop screen, it's good enough for engineering purposes today.
All the algorithms appear to be: "please" input,
"thank you" upwards,
"keep trying" feedback,
"love your neighbour" sideways
"grow", "create the next generation" downwards.
Is this finished?
Apologies, I would've liked to add more notes, references, ideas, full sentences, etc, but you're smart, and you'll figure it out.
What's the goal?
Say thank you to those who came before.
Teach those who come after.