Summary

I talk about some of the symbols used in https://semiosis.github.io/ blog articles.

Imaginary Programming

Discovering the ancient symbols within LMs is particularly exciting.

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imaginary programming
IP
    A programming paradigm in which a computer
    program's behaviour exists in relativity to
    language models.
  • ouroboros
  • chimera
  • hydra
  • phoenix

ouroboros

Ouroboros, emblematic serpent of ancient Egypt and Greece represented with its tail in its mouth, continually devouring itself and being reborn from itself.

A gnostic and alchemical symbol, Ouroboros expresses the unity of all things, material and spiritual, which never disappear but perpetually change form in an eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation.

An ouroboros in IP
https://mullikine.github.io/posts/the-codex-quine/

A quine-relay is also known as an ouroboros program. This has been discovered in the prompt engineering world as an ouroboros prompt.

I think it would be interesting to make self-replicating ouroboros prompts in a similar fashion to self-replicating patterns in Conway’s Game of Life.

chimera

The Chimera, also Chimaera, according to Greek mythology, was a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of more than one animal.

It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat protruding from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake’s head.

A chimera in IP
https://mullikine.github.io/posts/imaginary-chimera-languages-with-codex/

A chimera is essentially a single organism that’s made up of cells from two or more “individuals”—that is, it contains two sets of DNA, with the code to make two separate organisms.

One way that chimeras can happen naturally in humans is that a fetus can absorb its twin.

Imaginary chimeric languages are chimeras that are created naturally upon querying a LM.

hydra

Hydra, also called the Lernean Hydra, in Greek legend, the offspring of Typhon and Echidna (according to the early Greek poet Hesiod’s Theogony), a gigantic water-snake-like monster with nine heads (the number varies), one of which was immortal.

The monster’s haunt was the marshes of Lerna, near Árgos, from which he periodically emerged to harry the people and livestock of Lerna.

Anyone who attempted to behead the Hydra found that as soon as one head was cut off, two more heads would emerge from the fresh wound.