Automation and Repetition
Life is not possible without automation and repetition. In the animal world, each living thing begins life by looking for food:
1) If it can survive the harsh environment and the predators, it will reach maturity to find a mate, to reproduce and raise a family.
2) If it is lucky enough, it will die in old age.
This simple process is repeated for all the living things. Each living thing’s life in the animal world is also highly automated:
1) It can only consume specific food in specific habitat,
2) It can only mate within its own species,
3) It has a per-determined life span.
In the man-made world, each person’s journey through life is much more complex and elaborate but follows the same basic repetitive patterns:
1) Learning about the world one lives in,
2) Making adjustments from childhood, teenage, to adulthood,
3) Finding friends, getting married and earning a living for an independent life.
Each person’s life is also more or less automated:
1) One has to go to school to learn,
2) One has to follow one’s curiosity and physical urges for self discovery,
3) One has limited choices to be who and what one can be.
This automation and repetition starts at a microscopic level.
Every living thing has a set of unique DNAs inside every cell of the body. These DNAs determine what the living thing look like and control how the living thing goes about its life:
1) The DNAs inside the cells within the brain will only execute functions repeatedly to keep the brain analyze and process information,
2) The DNAs inside the cells within the eye will only execute functions repeatedly to keep the eye see and watch the outside world,
3) The DNAs inside the cells within the kidney will only execute functions repeatedly to keep the blood streams clean of wastes and toxins, etc.
The DNAs inside the cells of the body execute those diverse functions in total automation. All the living things need to do is to ingest specific food that will be automatically decomposed into molecules to be absorbed into the blood streams that will deliver them throughout the body to be used by the DNAs inside the cells.
Life is not possible without reproduction. The process starts when the opposite sex of the same living species mates. After a brief incubation period, the result is the birth of a new life that has 50% chance to be either sex. This birth process is repeatedly endlessly within each living species to keep the life cycle alive and diversified. The reproduction begins at the cellular level whence the egg cell from the female mixes with the sperm cell of the male, thus, creating a new cell that contains DNAs from half of the parents.
The process is highly complex involving hundreds of thousand sequences in the cell splitting and then combining precisely. Only through automation, mistakes can be minimized and reliability can be achieved in this microscopic world time after time and cell after cell.
After the successful development of the new cell, it starts to divide and multiple doubling its number every few moments. For the human species, it takes around 9 months to grow from a single cell to a fully functionally baby with billions of billions of cells. All these are accomplished in total automation.
The body of the living things keeps its host alive by performing vital functions in repetition and automation 24/7/365 – no rest, no time-off, and no slack off:
1) The lung extracts oxygen from the air and expels carbon dioxide from the body, the heart pumps the blood throughout the body delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells, and the cell then generates the energy to keep the body running.
2) The immune system detects and destroys the microscopic harmful bacteria and virus that can cause infections and sickness.
3) The brain processes and analyzes external information from the environment and internal information from inside the body to enhance the host’s survival.
There are literally billions of activities happening in any given moment silently without the awareness of the host. When something is not working right, the host will feel discomfort or pain and may even face death.
We are the only living things on Earth who understand how, why, and where repetition and automation work. We learn to implement them in:
1) Factory’s assembly lines to turn out products in large quantities with the same shape, size, quality, and reliability to satisfy the demand of the exploding population,
2) Computer’s architecture where number crunching, information analysis, and data storage can be accomplished at lightning speed with high precision and reliable results,
3) Internet’s serial data transmission protocol that emphasizes reliability/resending data in case of error/breaking large data size into pockets and employing relay stations for long distance communication.
All these developments have made global communication and commerce possible, weather prediction and space exploration a reality, mass-transit and metropolis feasible providing the livelihoods for millions of people.
In the early phase of life’s development, automation and repetition made it possible for the living thongs to grow, reproduce, and multiply when the environmental conditions were right. In the animal world, automation and repetition enable the living things to adapt, diversify, and evolve when the environmental conditions change. In the man-made world, automation and repetition in food production, infrastructure building, and wireless communication allow the human population to explode, dominate, and spread to every land mass on Earth unaffected by the changing environmental conditions.