The technological Complex Adaptive System II (CAS II) exhibits cellularity as found in Complex Adaptive System (CAS I), the ecosytem. The cells of the metazoans are dependent upon the bounding of their protoplasm to maintain the proper concentration of molecular species, osmotic pressure and protection for metabolic activities and perhaps some scaffolding upon which metabolic processes can occur. Technological cells – houses, factories and office buildings likewise exist to provide protection, enclosure of metabolic ingredients and support for productive activities.

Buildings line the many arterioles of the technological distribution system. Inside these cells are arrayed the many tools, information, furnitures, light and utilities necessary for the human RNA to carry out their productive tasks. Most cells are fed energy through natural gas pipelines and electrical service. Cells can be stacked and arranged in unlimited combinations and due to standardization of measurement and construction materials, can be considered somewhat modular. One difference between technological cells and organic cells is that the RNA of organic cells remains within the cell factory where it performs its function. The human RNA usually has a separate cell to live in while traveling to other cells designed specifically for their work. Having two kinds of cells to accommodate human RNA is inefficient but is desirable and helps  maintain human sanity in a relatively low-density environment. If biological cells permitted their RNA the indulgence of building separate living quarters and traveling through the bloodstream each day to arrive at their work cells, the amount of energy needed would increase drastically. The energy needed to build “suburban”cells, factory cells and build vesicles (cars) to transport them through the bloodstream to their work destinations would demand tremendously more energy. Humans are split between CAS I and CAS II and therefore have found the compromise of living away from work while still having to visit their work cells for at least eight hours a day.

The RNA within cells are almost entirely guided by electromagnetic “touch”, in the darkness of interior tissues and cells. That is, an RNA within a cell can read information and create tools in the dark, no need for photons that humans depend upon to “see” their environment. Molecular RNA works by feel and bonding propensity. Humans must use photons to create an environmental semblance in the brain in which to work. Humans must either use glass or illuminating tools within their technological cells to complete their metabolic tasks.  It is fascinating to realize that all “illuminated” scenes perceived by man are stored in the total darkness of six layers of neurons of the cerebral cortex. The neuronal cells work in the dark to make us see illuminated scenes.

 

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Vertical growth of densely-packed cellular structures.

Most cells enclose metabolic activity and cater to human RNA comfort in completing their tasks with elevators, water, sewage, waste removal, cleaning, furniture and work stations made to ergonomic standards. Cellular working conditions in the undeveloped world may be somewhat less ergonomic and comfortable and some factories maintain dormitories for housing their RNA workforces nearby. Growth of these CAS II cells  occurs along the margin or as infill as long as credit is made available, while the activity within the cells generally supports continued exploration and assimilation of resources. More growth creates more collateral to backstop more credit and continued malignant growth. When the activities performed in the cellular columnar (buildings) no longer produce the desired effect of greater net energy, or by a different metric, gross domestic product (GDP), then they will eventually be abandoned. Even if they should be functional for 500 years, this is but a second of time in the many years it took to accumulate the energy that built them. Rapid growth of technological life on this scale is correlated with the availability of copious net energy found in deep pools of oil and rich veins of coal. It’s unlikely that much of the built infrastructure will be in use much longer as metabolic/economic activity tracks down with available net energy.

 

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Satellite View of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas is a relatively fast-growing tumor or lesion in a xeric environment. It grows by angiogenesis, the laying down of new roads or arterioles to be populated by new cellular growth. Human RNA need water, something relatively scarce in the desert, and food and waste removal and associated businesses also need special materials that arrive along a few major vehicular arteries and the Union Pacific railway. Perhaps this lesion grows so rapidly, like Orlando, Florida because its primary product is dopamine/opioids or pleasure, something humans and other metazoans passionately seek. As this tumor grows, it must derive more nourishment from the ecosystem and if any of the major arteries or other distribution routes became blocked, necrosis and death of metabolic activity is likely. Trucks, which haul 68% of all freight in the United States, are equivalent to distributed heart cells. Instead of a massive heart in Kansas pumping nourishment through the distribution system, as you might find in an organism, the function has been distributed to internal combustion engines with cargo areas. These trucks and trains must continue deliveries to keep the tumors cells  perfused with nourishment. If oil were to ever become unavailable, without time for necessary adjustment, a major coronary event would likely occur with significant damages.

 

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Subdivision

Biological somatic cells reproduce by fission, an identical copy being produced from information existing in the parent cell. The houses above are domiciles for human RNA and are constructed individually. Due to their similarity it almost seems that a fission process is at work, or at least the same set of plans is used in their construction. The arteriole roads are arranged in a grid-like arrangement and will soon house workers that will travel to their work cells at the appropriate times. If these were cells located near arterioles in an organism, we would see large blood cells moving down the streets dropping-off oxygen and picking-up CO2 while foodstuffs would be snagged by reaching out the front door and wastes would be dumped into the general circulation to be picked up at a distant location (liver, kidneys) for excretion.

This malignant cellular growth is seen by humans as a wealth-creating endeavor but the value is dependent upon the cancer’s ability to derive inordinate amounts of nutrition from the ecosystem while dumping toxic waste into the general circulation. At some point, the wealth to be derived from a dying ecosystem will be quite limited and if the cancer is persistent, it will succeed in killing itself by way of killing the ecosystem. The technological CAS II does not survive without humans and humans do not survive without a healthy ecosystem.