The "Casual Conversation" portion of Instrumentation is only
1/256th (less than 0.4%) of the total address space. It provides a
"Basic Interface Area" containing common words and conversational
phrases which can be used for communication between any two people
in the world.
This is not, however, the primary purpose of
the Instrumentation 'language' (although it will likely be the
most heavily used feature). Instrumentation is intended to be a universal human-computer interface. It
is designed to provide access to all (web or remote enabled)
facets of business, technology, lifestyle and entertainment. The
Specialization layer will contain the names of all the
things in the Animal, Vegetable and Mineral kingdoms, which will
mostly have no 'functions' ("Don't brontosaurus your
sister!"), but it will also contain names of processes and
procedures which can actually perform the acts that they name.
From a linguistic standpoint, the Specialization layer is just a (very long) list of graduated groups of words that didn't fit within the inner three layers. Shifting to a 'Universal Remote' frame of reference transforms that list from 'words' to "Entities, Scenarios, Tools, Resources; Interfaces, Processes, Associations and Locations". These are the "Units of Control" which can be orchestrated into programs or procedures (or incantations) and thereby modify existing conditions. The Specialization layer can include all of the terms needed to designate, describe or manipulate any user's virtual scenario.Specialization is the pivot around which Instrumentation transforms from a simplistic language to a generic interface with any "sufficiently advanced" environment. Because of this, Specialized terms change the order of glyph pronunciation from the conversational outgoing CDA (Creation then Description then Articulation) method to the mediating (meditative) inwardly focused SADC direction. Specialized terms can represent both 'projection' and 'selection' of desirable states.
By subsuming all aspects of a user's personal environment, the Specialization layer makes that environment part of the user's extended persona. This is why (self-)control of the environment is considered a passive or internal effort. This change in perspective reflects the conceptual shift from (Yang) outbound communication to an encompassing knowledge of, (Yin) and innate management of the available resources in your life.Invocational Magic has always been concerned with the search for "True Names" (such as the "Sefirot", "De vulgari eloquentia" or the "characteristica universalis"). If a thing's True Name is known that thing can be summoned and controlled (in theory). The Specialization layer provides a way to uniquely name everything. When an automated thing knows its own true name it can respond to authorized commands in a predictable way. 'Truth' can now be consensual and Instrumentation can create amanuensis by using linguistic conventionalism to create a (pseudo) phonosemantic interface to the electronic Anima mundi. (Shazam -> Huzzah!)
Bob arrives home after a
long day at the office.
He logs into his household system by transmitting an encoded glyph to his personal Wi-Fi hotspot. The house decodes the glyph using Bob's public key and verifies the value of the decoded glyph against the "password of the day", which was randomly selected before Bob left the house in the morning.
Now that Bob has established his identity and credentials (using
encryption) the house will unlock the front door and give
Bob access to all household systems. If extra security is desired,
biometric checks can be added before entry is allowed.
Inside the house, Bob directs the entertainment
system to provide music, sends a 'wake-up call' to the thermostat
for the central heating and cooling system and programs the
microwave oven to begin a defrost cycle on a steak. He (manually)
removes the steak from the freezer and (manually) checks the
dishwasher to be sure that the broiling rack is ready for use.
He changes his clothes (manually) and checks his local news feed for any live music that matches his current preferences. Finding an interesting band playing at a nearby venue, he sends messages to several friends that have registered similar musical tastes.
Bob checks the refrigerator inventory to see if he needs to buy
any food. He decides to pick up a quart of milk and scans the
websites of local grocery stores to see if anyone has a sale on
milk. He then adds a reminder (buy milk Bob!) to his schedule for the next day.
One of Bob's friends responds that she would enjoy seeing the
band and that she will meet Bob at the club around eight o'clock.
Bob cancels the microwave defrost cycle and puts the steak back
in the freezer (manually). He transmits a saved message (a
template) to a local pizza place which creates an order for his