What is a Black Box?

A Black Box is a system or process where all you see is:

  • Input – The things that affects the black box.
  • Output – The things that the black box produces or affects.Blackbox3D-withGraphs.png

This implies two things:

  • That you sometimes don’t know what happen within a system, even though you know what effects it produces.
  • That you sometimes¬†don’t need to know how something works on the inside to interact with it on a meaningful level.

Whether used with intention or not, a black box symbolizes and represents hidden knowledge and the unmeasured parts of systems. Everything that is unmeasured or uncertain but happens anyways can thus be thought of as a Black Box.

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Fundamentals of a process

Something that is changing is going through a process

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The following are various forms of atomic processes:

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Storing

Putting an object inside another object or environment where it can not be altered by outside forces. (Usually for later use when needed.)

 

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Gather

Putting objects closer to each other or within a specific area

 

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Distribute

Putting objects further away from each other or divided from one source and put into many other locations.

 

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Arrange

Put objects according to a pattern.

 

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Assemble

Connect elements to form a system.

 

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Disassemble

Isolate elements from a system, until it is not the same system.