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Symmetry Under Transformation
Cubical Maze Module
Full-spectrum COGNITIVE TOOL
The Smart Block.
Binary and Analogical Reasoning.
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics -- the future of the U.S. is on the line.
"At present, it seems that inadequate attention is being paid to the teaching of STEM in early childhood education. Less than 5 percent of time in formal early childhood education settings is devoted to STEM learning, according to research presented at a recent conference on fostering STEM trajectories organized by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the New America research institute.”
The Sommer Cube (S3) is about the need for more learning proficiency than problem solving competence: the careful construction of logical arguments, and their limitations.
A simple block and ball networking system which leverages full-spectrum cognitive / perceptual processing: learning algorithms, and the art of design, with an emphasis on advanced thinking and intuition -- and its reflection upon itself (not "mere facts", but principles); functional relations, particularly goals and feedback (What information is relevant? What are my assumptions? Are they justified?)
S3. What it is. What it does.
Adventure By Topology
Or go directly to OVERVIEW.
S3 is about exploration of feedback and symmetry, transformation of parts and whole, square and circle -- adaptation to accelerating rates of change and complexity of system and environment: a cognitive development tool (manual / mental rotation studies). Network topology, physical and logical -- with hands and Mind.
(From child to super-mathematician, the S3 manipulator has only one path: reason / intuit up the original "evolution of mathematics” ladder, from things, to abstractions of things, to binaryness, to geometryness, to algebraness, to setness -- create more sophisticated problem models.)
"Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine”
S3 is transformative, a kick-start, a self-generating, self-sustaining, escalating causal loop: an exploration of deep causal structure; an evolutionary cycle of cognitive development where the manipulator is both agent and object of change.
In technical terms -- S3 is predicated on the tension of switchiness (compound cognitive, perceptual, mechanical flip-flop and schedule of reinforcement): switching of relative motion and form, flip-flop of manipulator frame of reference: egocentric >> allocentric; patterns of thought (higher levels of abstraction) in a paradoxical environment, and how to get the most out of them: a partnership of feedback and symmetry.
Uncertainty as tool.
A tangible demonstration of basic behaviors (consciousness) of the brain through mechanical concepts (switches): a cubical maze module (four tunnels = four binary (0/1) switches = gate array) offering a development of choices (control flow) to create linearly independent / dependent paths, using a ball, or symmetry in mathematics (symmetry under arbitrary changes of coordinate systems).
S3 turns four switches on / off differentially, unpredictably, with each rotation: sort of purposeful, having apparent "agency”, independent intentions and decision making; reconfigures / “randomizes” routing with each rotation (note compound reinforcement of manipulator).
A programmable logic component (In Field Programmable Gate Array terms), a combinational logic block which contains four tunnels, effectively an array of unconnected, gravity-dependent switches to be programmed by the user as the block is rotated in space, which can be connected to other logic blocks to create multiple adaptive, simultaneous, routes by reconfigurable interconnects.
Thus, S3 is about variations on a theme of square and circle, juxtaposition across three dimensions.
A counterpoint of logic and intuition.
Rolling Ball Switch
four bit (0/1) -- nibble Asynchronous Binary Processor (0/1)
Each S3 reorientation simultaneously reprograms the four "gravity feed” tunnels differentially, nonlinearly; each acts as a binary (0/1) logic gate (rolling ball "tilt-switch") to impede (0) / allow (1) ball flow.
(Note that S3 nonlinearity -- change in one variable which does not produce a directly proportional change in the result -- even in the single S3, is effectively a nonlinear expression / experience which allows one to intuitively graph the output as a curve -- very exciting stuff for the manipulator with a questioning mind. And that’s just the first S3.)
Thus, S3 is about simultaneous mental (rational and non-rational) and manual rotation, giving form to digital and analogical information, a coupling between physical objects and digital information where bits are directly manipulable and perceptible.
In other words, the S3 physical state embodies the digital state of the system, as well as the analogical. (think Tangible User Interface -- TUI)
With Hands and Mind.)
And it’s fun. (CHALLENGES / GAMES)
Consumer Knows Best ...
Unless toy manufacturing reflects what people want, it can win ROI, but lose the customer base.
Putting today’s "education-minded consumer" into the strategic planning / intelligence driver's seat.
Innovation. Classic Toy. Full-spectrum cognitive engagement across market segments.
S3. (PITCH DECK)
How to cite this material:
Sommer, M. S., (2016). Sommer Cube: Symmetry Under Transformation. Retrieved from www.sommercube.com.html