84979 - Transcription: Podcast With US #102: Superhistory

N. Lygeros

In this podcast let’s talk about superhistory. To define history it’s rather simple but to define superhistory it’s more complex because it’s not obvious what we mean with that notion. The idea is the following. Imagine that history is just a collection, not only a set, a collection of events in Time which are characteristics of the trace of human being in Time. The problem is the following. If someone attacks you, he can destroy any trace of your existence or even of your civilization. We have to keep in mind that this is a possibility and to do what we want with superhistory is to say that we can have small worlds in an open universe and they are connected, in fact interconnected and they keep not only what you consider as a secret but something which is more important, the foundation of your civilization, of your structure. This is the core of the structure. So now, if you have to do something with that, you have to do it before the attack. What can we say about  that? It will be certainly a mixture of intelligence and memory. We need both of them to protect this core as a shield  and for that we need to think that the best solution is not the optimum solution but the robust solution and if you think like this you will say that “we know the structure, we know the core, with the core we can reconstruct the structure even after an attack”. So, it’s very important to codify what it’s really the foundations of the structure. Imagine that you can do this. If you can solve this problem you are in fact in superhistory.