|Emergence theory tells us that multiple systems can coalesce to produce something entirely new.
Here we have the security camera, it’s a piece of dumb hardware, fixed in place and doing nothing but watching the world and recording what it sees.
Over here we have the software algorithm, an idea expressed in numbers. A virtual scout exploring the frontiers of the interwebs with a simple purpose: to probe for weaknesses in the network. It traverses the world at the speed of electrons.
|There are countless millions of 1 and only a handful of 2 but occasionally there are encounters between them. And when these two come together something transcendent happens, a brand new entity snaps into being – a machine which possesses both vision and an animating purpose. The TTL (Time To Live) of this ‘creature’ is no more than a few milliseconds. It emerges and expires far faster than any human watcher could detect, but it leaves a record, a snapshot of what it saw during its fleeting existence.