Trivial machines

A trivial machine has a simple mechanism:

A certain operation (f) is done with an operand (x). The result is (y).


Because (f) is determined, the result is determined and predictable (von Foerster & Poerksen, 1999, p. 57).

If we insert a coin in a chewing gum machine, we get a chewing gum, not one time a peppermint, next time a condom.

Trivial machines are

  • synthetically deterministic,
  • history independent, i.e. every following operation is according to the operation before,
  • analytically determinable, i. e.knowing some x and y, we can reconstruct the operator f,
  • predictable.

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