pattern poisoning.

Back when the greed for material artifacts briefly overlapped with a pushbutton ease of manufacturing them, trillions of heedlessly compiled articles ended up littered away or buried in landfills — but the highly regular structures didnt dissolve as easily as the objects that used them: atom-scale patterns seeped out, replicated, echoed close and far, perceptibly regularized parts of the biosphere; “global entropy loss” — like warming and pollution before it — was the scare of the day. ■    Randomness soon replaced zero-entropy crystalline lattices; used for isotropy and texturizing, it was also thought to reduce pattern poisoning — but only made it more tenacious: most of it was algorithmic pseudorandomness (“an era of Mersenne Twister,” quantum randomness remaining expensive) — which, to a good enough analysis, is not randomness at all but a harder to discover (so harder to disrupt) kind of regularity. Another idea was recording compressed texts and data into compiled objects — but the redundant noise-resistant encodings made things even more entropically sticky: “traceful.”  ■    Pattern contamination proved much harder to eliminate than material garbage: after centuries of cleanup its still easy to spot in the wild. Stubborn artificiality at the micro level may even acquire a biological role: microbiota is known to select within pseudorandom lattices, thrive upon the lucky finds — used, catalytically, as a kind of external DNA; perhaps we have planted a seed of an entirely new, not even carbon-based biology that will one day evolutionarily explode.

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