Re: Exploring and Decoding Urban Ruins

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 04:10:34 MDT

Jason Wilson <> writes:

> what are the virtual, digital and biological equivalents of a rusted out
> factory, entangled with sea weed? (under water?)

As for websites, it must be those sites using only HTML 2.0, with lots
of broken links to "classic" www resources that vanished years ago. I
have some examples of that in my web...

> The entropy we're talking about is only really a euphamism for small
> scale life, The patterns of growth ,a growth that we see as
> destructive (to our constructs - physical and psycho-societal /
> mental): rust is alive, moss and grass cracking apart the cement
> foundations are growing.

This is also true for the web. The reason links fail is that the web
is dynamic, pages move, people change interests and careers. I think
most broken links are actually signs of good things being done.

> It seems to me the only way to resist this breakdown, is to perpetually
> continue growth of ones own design, keep the factory operating, which means
> keeping it more and more profitable for as long as possible.
> Keep your mental constructs oiled and operational through growth and
> evolution, never by reclining onto your haunches.

Exactly. We are open complex dissipative systems. We need entropy to
function, but we better never give in to it.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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