You may have heard the saying that ‘anything is possible‘; and while the statement usually is patently false—sometimes it turns out to be true that particular extraordinary inventions can be formulated to achieve outstanding results.
Whereby an invention offers an incredible, almost magical solution that produces superior outcomes. Examples of this type of invention are Edison’s light bulb, plus his movie camera/projector and phonograph. Several other inventions are stand-outs in this respect—including the linear electric motor, the jet airplane, the personal computer, and the Apple iPhone.
Such inventions are unusual not only because they profoundly change society; but also because of the unpredictability of their production since the operating principles involved had not been previously known.
What precisely is the meaning of the term invention?
First, notice that we humans do not know how to create seemingly magical solutions—before they are developed. An invention refers to a newly discovered object or process that had not been previously known.
In other words, we had not discovered how to identify, assemble and operate the various components, or employ the Synergetic Facets that are required to produce the desired result(s). Hence the invention remains undiscovered until said combination(s) are first identified and then implemented.
But what are these Synergetic Facets?
Synergetics means behaviour of whole systems unpredicted by the behaviour of their parts taken separately. It refers to a special arrangement of parts that achieve particular outcomes.
The words synergy and energy are companions. Energy relates to differentiating out sub-functions of nature, studying objects isolated out of the whole complex of the Universe. But synergy represents the integrated behaviours instead of all the differentiated behaviours of nature’s galaxy of systems.
Normally it takes intelligence, or the problem-solving processes of evolution (or life); in order to design a system that operates with a high level of synergy.
Surprising and wholly unexpected behaviours are often the result of the application of synergetic design principles. For example, inventions like the automobile, the airplane, silicon chip, and space rocket; have all been designed to exhibit an incredibly high level of synergy in terms of—their operating principles—and the corresponding amazing capabilities that they afford.
We could say that a technology represents intelligence—or anticipatory design—correctly applied to human problems, for example, in the form of instruments and machines to achieve specific results.
A technology is a system that creates, maintains or destroys patterns of Energy and Information by appropriate application of Intelligence—or useful problem-solving ability— whereby said Synergetic Facets enable operations that are directed towards a particular Goal.
A synergetic technology achieves its goal through synergetic design principles; whereby unusual, surprising and sometimes incredible, whole system behaviours are enabled.
Each Technology has internal and external aspects; whereby during operation, the Technology applies Internal Intelligence to operate Internal and External supplies of Energy and Information to affect an explicit purpose (may involve a series of intermediate steps). Whereby said goal relates to specific things/processes existing in space/time influencing the wider environment.
The Technology operates within a specific environmental context—and to Monitor (World – Datums / Signals), Integrate (Things, Services, People) and Act (Model, Report, Engage/Control) appropriately within said environment.
A synergetic system or technology has the generalised goal of performing useful work with the lowest possible energy, time, operating procedures, informational facets, and material/human resources. Everything happens given specific Patterns of Energy—including matter, material resources, patterns of Information—and all within specific timescales plus using appropriate human resources, etc.
Now Edison did not himself know about the principle(s) of Synergetics (ostensibly), so how is it possible that he used them to produce his one-of-a-kind inventions?
The answer is that Edison used these same principles without consciously recognising that he was doing so. Synergetics relates to the combination and operation of several Synergetic Facets in natural and optimal ways (ref. Matter/Energy, Information and Intelligence) to produce surprising result(s) that are not predictable by analysing these Facets alone.
To be successful, the inventor works backwards from the goal (Macro to Micro procedure) using natural laws in experimental combinations (real or imaginary) until they find an assembly that satisfies their requirements. This is Synergy.
If the inventor attempted to work from bottom-up (Micro to Macro)—he/she would find that the number of combinations of Synergetic Facets would be unimaginably large—too large to explore sensibly (using aimless searching). Successful invention is always a procedure of working backwards from a goal—by recognising the desired invention’s key operating mechnisms (using directed searching including recognition of lucky/optimal structures).
Sometimes the discovery of a natural law—such as electricity—happens accidentally; but the fact that it renders possible all kinds of new capabilities and inventions is not accidental; rather it takes the human mind to recognise—sometimes using a Eureka moment—that certain top-level capabilities can be realised using electricity.
Our ambitious aim here—is to apply the design principles of Synergy to invent and build solutions that were—either not previously thought to be possible; or else have not been built because it was not previously known how to create solutions that achieve the desired result(s).
As explained on this site, a Synergetic System is designed according to a comprehensive Macro-Micro procedure whereby previously unidentified operating effects become a reality.
Our goal is to invent genuinely magical solutions—which surprise due to:
- the nature of outcomes that are possible for the first time in history; and
- the practicality of the one-of-a-kind results produced.
Ergo, in this section, we shall from time-to-time post inventions—and in order to demonstrate the validity of the principles of Synergy hereby expounded.
Our first invention is the Hologram Mirror, and when we sent the specification of this invention to the UK Patent Office—the examiner called us up saying:
“Am I speaking to the inventor of the Hologram Mirror—because your invention is so incredible.. and has created quite a commotion within the Optics Section of the Patent Office.. it took us quite some time to believe that the incredible results achieved by this invention are even possible!”
Subsequently, we have been granted a Patent for our ”Hologram Mirror”, a new type of mirror for use in cosmetic and medical applications.
How does the “Hologram Mirror” differ from ordinary mirrors?
A plane mirror forms a rather cluttered image of the observer (perceptually) that must compete with images of all those objects that happen to be within the field of view. Additionally, plane mirror images are not truly life-like; they are hidden and somewhat inaccessible behind a glass screen.
Our method produces a three-dimensional (3-D) image that floats in space in front of the mirror surface!
When used by a person to look at his reflection, the “Hologram Mirror” produces an image of the person’s face, but without the clutter of background images that are normally seen. And the image is at a one-to-one scale or life-size, and you are thus able to see your face exactly at the same scale and in three dimensions as when other people look at you!
Is this not an incredible result for a set of ingeniously arranged—but otherwise wholly ordinary—reflecting mirrors?
The Hologram Mirror is an example of synergetic principles in operation. QED.
A short explanation is helpful, whereby we refer to the drawing above.
We can see that the mirrors labelled 2 and 3 form an upside-down image of a subject (1) at 4, whereupon a (partially transparent) mirror labelled as 5 re-images this intermediate image into an upright, life-sized reflection of a person (7) that is seen “floating” in space at a short distance in front of the person (1).