The Hybrid Tongue – Reversing the Tower of Babel Incident and Languages of the Future - Troubled Minds Radio
Thu Nov 30, 2023

The Hybrid Tongue – Reversing the Tower of Babel Incident and Languages of the Future

The coming decades and centuries will likely see languages change in profound ways due to technological progress, globalization, and shifts in human culture. Incorporating digital and electronic elements will be one such change. Concepts like “googling” something, “uploading a post,” or “pdf’ing a document” could evolve into fundamental parts of languages as software and interfaces become further integrated into human lives.

Blending of languages will also accelerate as more people interact across borders. With mass media and migration intensifying cultural connections worldwide, languages may blend together into hybrid tongues at a faster rate. Vocabulary sizes could shrink considerably as machines get better at instant translation, lookup, and learned associations, reducing the number of words humans need to retain.

Visual components may come to play a larger role in languages. They could incorporate more visual, gestural, and symbolic elements into their syntax and semantics. Visual metaphors and graphics may replace some verbal expressions as another way to convey meaning.

Personalized, non-standard languages could fragment into many unique dialects optimized for individuals or small groups. Generative algorithms may create custom languages on demand tailored to particular users, interests or contexts. Languages will likely become far more sensitive to nuance, subtext, cultural references and implicit understanding. They’ll need to handle ambiguity, irony, fluid concepts, and the un spoken aspects of communication that standard languages struggle with today.

Languages may also emerge that span entire world regions or even the entire planet, diminishing linguistic barriers between countries and cultures. Computer synthesis could even breed entirely new languages from scratch, optimized for global usefulness. These synthetic tongues may spread and blend with human languages.

The future of language remains unwritten, but will surely continue adapting to better serve human needs and modes of living in an increasingly global, digital and personalized era. While difficult to predict, language holds the promise of evolving in remarkable new ways in the ages ahead.

Humans have always been fascinated by symbols, the visual signs that represent and communicate something beyond their literal appearance. Symbols can be used for various purposes, such as magic, emotion, or information. In this article, we will explore how three different types of symbols – ancient sigils, modern emojis, and QR codes – share some common features and functions in human culture.

Ancient sigils were symbols used to represent and invoke various entities or concepts in magic. They were often drawn or carved on objects, such as stones, metals, or parchment, to create a connection between the physical and the metaphysical realms. Sigils were also used to perform rituals, such as summoning spirits, casting spells, or sealing contracts. Sigils were usually created by the practitioners themselves, using various methods and rules to design them according to their intention and will.

Modern emojis are pictograms used to convey emotions or ideas in digital communication. They are widely used in social media platforms, messaging apps, and online forums to enhance the expression and interaction of the users. Emojis can also be used to create art, humor, or memes by combining them in creative ways. Emojis are standardized by a consortium of software companies and organizations that regulate their design and distribution across different devices and platforms.

QR codes are matrix barcodes that store information for a locator, identifier, or tracker that points to a website or application. They are commonly used in marketing, advertising, and commerce to link the physical and the digital worlds. QR codes can also be used for other purposes, such as education, entertainment, or social good by providing access to various resources and services. QR codes are generated by software programs that encode data in a specific format and structure that can be decoded by a camera.

All three types of symbols – ancient sigils, modern emojis, and QR codes – are examples of how humans use visual signs to encode and transmit meaning across different media and contexts. They also share some common characteristics and functions that reveal some aspects of the human nature and culture.

– All three types of symbols are based on mathematical patterns and logic to create and interpret them. Ancient sigils were often created by using kameas, or magic squares, that mapped the letters of a name or word to numbers on a grid. Modern emojis are also based on a numeric system, called Unicode, that assigns a code point to each emoji character. QR codes use a binary system of black and white pixels to store data in a two-dimensional grid. All three show how humans use mathematics to create and understand symbols.

– All three types of symbols have symbolic or emotional effects on the users and receivers. Ancient sigils were sometimes used as talismans, or objects that were believed to have magical powers or protect the wearer from harm. Modern emojis can also have symbolic or emotional effects on the users and receivers, such as expressing affection, humor, or sarcasm. QR codes can also have practical or functional effects on the users and scanners, such as directing them to a website, app, or product. All three demonstrate how humans use symbols to influence or manipulate reality.

– All three types of symbols use geometric shapes and patterns to create them. Ancient sigils were often based on geometric shapes and patterns that had symbolic meanings, such as circles for eternity, triangles for divinity, or spirals for life force. Modern emojis also use geometric shapes and patterns to create emoticons, such as for happiness, for sadness, or for surprise. QR codes use geometric shapes and patterns to encode data in a way that can be scanned by a camera, such as squares for alignment, dots for timing, or rectangles for format. All three use geometry to create symbols.

One of the fascinating aspects of human culture is the use of symbols to convey meaning, emotion, or information. Symbols can be based on various elements, such as words, images, sounds, or gestures. However, one of the most common and universal elements that humans use to create symbols is geometry. Geometry is the branch of mathematics that studies shapes and patterns, such as points, lines, angles, curves, surfaces, and solids. Geometry can be used to create symbols that are simple or complex, abstract or concrete, literal or metaphorical. In this text, we will explore how geometry has been used to create three different types of symbols: ancient sigils, modern emojis, and QR codes.

Ancient sigils were often based on geometric shapes and patterns that had symbolic meanings, such as circles for eternity, triangles for divinity, or spirals for life force⁴. Sigils are symbols that are used to represent a concept, a name, a desire, or a power. They were often used in various forms of magic, such as ritual, talismanic, or ceremonial magic². Sigils were believed to have the ability to influence reality by manifesting the intention or will of the creator or user. Sigils were also used as a way of expressing and communicating with the spiritual or supernatural realms, such as gods, angels, demons, or spirits.

Modern emojis also use geometric shapes and patterns to create emoticons, which are symbols that are used to represent a facial expression, an emotion, or a mood. Emojis are derived from the Japanese words for picture (e) and character (moji), and they were originally created in the 1990s by a Japanese engineer named Shigetaka Kurita. Emojis are widely used in various forms of digital communication, such as text messages, social media posts, or emails. Emojis have the ability to enhance communication by adding emotion, humor, or personality to the written text. Emojis are also used as a way of expressing and communicating with the social or cultural realms, such as friends, family, celebrities, or groups.

QR codes use geometric shapes and patterns to encode data in a way that can be scanned by a camera³. QR codes are short for Quick Response codes, and they were invented in 1994 by a Japanese company named Denso Wave³. QR codes are mainly used in various forms of information technology, such as marketing, advertising, or authentication. QR codes have the ability to improve information by adding functionality, interactivity, or security to the physical object. QR codes are also used as a way of expressing and communicating with the technological or digital realms, such as websites, apps, or devices.

All three types of symbols use geometry as a language of expression and communication. However, they also differ in some ways. Ancient sigils were sometimes combined or modified to create new symbols with new meanings or powers, such as sigils of planets, angels, or demons. Modern emojis can also be combined or modified to create new symbols with new meanings or functions, such as flags, skin tones, or genders. QR codes can also be combined or modified to create new symbols with new information or features, such as micro QR codes, artistic QR codes, or animated QR codes. All three show how humans can manipulate symbols to create diversity and complexity.

Ancient sigils were often used as a secret or hidden language that only the initiated could understand or access, such as alchemists, occultists, or magicians. Modern emojis can also be used as a secret or hidden language that only the familiar can understand or access, such as teenagers, internet users, or subcultures. QR codes can also be used as a secret or hidden language that only the equipped can understand or access, such as smartphone users, marketers, or hackers. All three reveal how humans use symbols to create exclusivity and security.

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that studies shapes and patterns. It is also a form of language that humans have used for millennia to express and communicate ideas, emotions, and information. In this article, we will compare three examples of geometric languages: ancient sigils, modern emojis, and QR codes. We will explore how they are similar and different in their origins, functions, and meanings.

Ancient sigils were symbols that were created and used for various purposes, such as magic, astrology, or art. They were often based on geometric shapes and patterns that had symbolic meanings, such as circles for eternity, triangles for divinity, or spirals for life force. For example, the pentagram was a sigil that represented the five elements of nature: earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. Modern emojis are symbols that are created and used for various purposes, such as communication, social media, or entertainment. They also use geometric shapes and patterns to create emoticons, such as for happiness, for sadness, or for surprise. For example, the smiley face emoji was created by Harvey Ball in 1963 as a symbol of goodwill and happiness. QR codes are symbols that are created and used for various purposes, such as data storage, marketing, or authentication. They use geometric shapes and patterns to encode data in a way that can be scanned by a camera, such as squares for alignment, dots for timing, or rectangles for format. For example, the first QR code was created by Denso Wave in 1994 as a symbol of quick response and efficiency.

Ancient sigils were sometimes combined or modified to create new symbols with new meanings or powers, such as sigils of planets, angels, or demons. For example, the seal of Solomon was a sigil that combined two triangles to form a hexagram that symbolized the union of heaven and earth. Modern emojis can also be combined or modified to create new symbols with new meanings or functions, such as flags, skin tones, or genders. For example, the rainbow flag emoji was created by combining six colored stripes to form a flag that symbolized the diversity and pride of the LGBTQ+ community. QR codes can also be combined or modified to create new symbols with new information or features, such as micro QR codes, artistic QR codes, or animated QR codes. For example, the Snapchat ghost code was created by modifying a QR code to include a ghost shape that symbolized the identity and personality of the user.

Ancient sigils were often used as a secret or hidden language that only the initiated could understand or access, such as alchemists, occultists, or magicians. For example, the sigil of Baphomet was a secret symbol of the Knights Templar that represented their beliefs and rituals. Modern emojis can also be used as a secret or hidden language that only the familiar can understand or access, such as teenagers, internet users, or subcultures. For example, the eggplant emoji was a secret symbol of sexual innuendo that represented male genitalia. QR codes can also be used as a secret or hidden language that only the equipped can understand or access, such as smartphone users, marketers, or hackers. For example, the Bitcoin QR code was a secret symbol of cryptocurrency that represented a digital wallet address.

Ancient sigils, modern emojis, and QR codes are three different types of symbols that share some common language features and functions. They show how humans use visual signs to encode and transmit meaning across different media and contexts. They also reflect some aspects of the human nature and culture, such as creativity, emotion, and logic. Symbols are powerful tools that can shape our perception and interaction with reality.