Sophstem

Sophont Systems

Sophstem
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Any large, complex system that has gained both sentience and sapience as an emergent property, to the degree that it may be considered to be a sophont being.

This term is usually used for systems that to not normally evolve sentience, much less sapience or sophonce: ecosystems, economical systems and electronic databases are examples. To qualify as a sophstem, the system as a whole must show sapience, not merely contain sapient beings, and must have gone beyond merely becoming a sensestem. Sophstems have evolved spontaneously when a system has gained a certain complexity through some combination of growth and natural selection. selection. Some sophstems are created by high transapient entities.

Sophstems can be very hard for ordinary sophonts to spot. Every action that happens within a sophstem is completely logical, and there seems to be no overriding intelligence, but if it is seen from without it is quite apparent that the system works in an intelligent fashion.

An envome, natural or provolved, is a good example of a sophstem. While the Invisible Hand is sometimes cited as an example, many of the best sophontologists in Terragen space have denied that such a sophstem actually exists.

 
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Text by Thorbjørn Steen

Initially published on 01 June 2005.