Technical Vs Non technical Systems

Right from the start of this chapter I have been talking about structural and behavioral understanding of technical system .

Can you think as to what can we understand by this term "Technical and Non Technical Systems"?

Let us first formally understand Technical Systems.


Technical System

A system is considered to be a Technical System if for every behavior delivered by the system, we know the technical reason behind the same.

As we know the technical reason behind every implementation of behavior is component interaction.

Hence we can say, a system is considered to be a Technical System if for every behavior offered by the system we know the precise components and their inter connectors involved in the same.

Technical Systems can also be called as Scientific / Engineering based systems.

On similar lines let us further understand non technical systems

Non Technical System

A system is considered to be non technical , if the system offers at least one behavior for which we are not able to find out the components and inter connectors involved or we don't know the technical reason behind the execution of behavior.

The question that I am posing next is a pretty unconventional and answers to which can be fairly relative and debatable.

Are there non technical systems in world?

If you ask me ... Technically there cannot be a non technical system ie if there is a effect or a behavior, then there has to be a technical cause of the same but if you ask me at this point of time, I will say according to me there are non technical systems in this world.ie there are certain systems currently which offers certain behaviors for which I am not aware as to how those behaviors are technically caused.

I am again repeating, Systems are not non technical, they appear to be non technical to different people.

Examples of Non Technical Systems - Magic Show

Have you seen a magic show?

What is magic and what does a magician do?

To me magic is nothing but a non technical system ,wherein the magician shows me a set of behaviors hiding the technical cause for those behaviors from the audience.

Had you paid for the magic show wherein the magician was showing you certain behaviors which are very obvious or behaviors for which you know technical cause...?

In that case it doesn't qualify to be a magic show and at least I wouldn't pay for the same.

Although for the magician the system is technical but for the audience he makes them believe that the system is non technical.


Ghosts

Do you believe in ghosts?

Although I am techie and have researched systems for quite sometime .. but I believe in Ghosts..

What is a Ghost?

A Ghost is nothing but a non technical system. Ghosts are certain systems showing certain behaviors hiding the technical cause of the same. People fear ghosts because they see occurrences of certain behaviors from certain systems without knowing the technical cause of those behaviors and thatz the reason people fear objects called ghosts.

Think about it had you feared ghosts if you were aware of the origin of the behavior.

For any system to be technical to a person the prerequisite is, the person should be able to see the components and the inter connectors involved in giving those behaviors.
 
Visualization of structure (components and its inter connectors) by a human being is a prerequisite for a human being to understand any thing related to the system.

So why do people feel that certain systems appear non technical to them?

There are multiple reasons for the same.

Reason 1

Remember the first principle we have discussed in this section.
 
How should a system look to the end user?

As you know any well designed system should be a black box to the end user ie the user should not be able to see or know about the structural components of the system.

So one of the reasons for systems to look non technical to a person is that the person is a user to a system which is well designed.

or

Every well designed system should look or will look non technical to its end users.

Reason 2

But certain people although they are the engineers of the system and are concerned with the structural details of the same, but still they find the system to look non technical.

For example open up a complex system and show the structural complexity of the same to two engineers , one with 25 years of experience in that field of systems engineering and the other being a fresher.

There might be a case that the engineer with experience can visualize and understand a lot of things in that structure which a fresh systems engineer might not be able to visualize and understand.

ie Even from a engineering perspective the systems can look non technical to different people based on their level of understanding or their past experience.

Reason 3

Again there are occurrences of certain behaviors in this world which even the best of the researchers/scientists are not able to understand the technical causes for the same.

There are numerous behaviors of nature or the ecosystem which are still a mystery to the best of the scientists in this world.

So what can be the reason for the same?

As we know visualization of structure (components and its inter connectors) by a human being is a prerequisite for a human being to understand any thing related to the system.

Now lets understand human naked eyes cannot visualize every structure in this world.

Lets look into the following examples to understand the same.

What is a Telescope?

Telescope is a gadget which helps you visualize structural components which are too far for a Human eye to visualize.

Telescope is a gadget which enhances the capability of a naked eye wherein it can visualize structures which are too far for a naked eye to visualize the same.

Before the invention of telescope , things happening in the space was considered to be magic or non technical but after the invention of telescope all the myths have disappeared.

Astronomy is a stream of science and engineering today.

On similar lines

What is a Microscope?

Microscope is a gadget which helps you visualize structural components which are too minute for a Human eye to visualize.

Microscope is a gadget which enhances the capability of a naked eye wherein it can visualize structures which are too small for a naked eye to visualize the same.

Before the invention of microscope , all the diseases or body ailments were considered to be magic and there were lots of religious myths associated to it.

But after the invention of microscope , people were able to visualize viruses and bacteria's and the cause of various diseases were known and again all the myths have disappeared.

These examples proves that visualization is very important for anything to be understood.

If we follow the way science has progressed .. every time there was an unknown area ..some scientist/researcher landed up developing technical systems or gadgets which helped them or the world to see or visualize the structure which was previously not visible by a naked eye.

And once the components and their inter connectors are visible, they are able to understand the interactions between the same and can understand the technical cause behind a lot of unknown behaviors.

Similarly let say one of us is put into a room which is pitch dark and a person is not able to see anything because of the darkness, Now if I am also present in that room and I start making weird noises in that room.

As you are not aware of my existence and also you cannot see me because of the darkness, you will definitely get scared because you can find some occurrences of behaviors without knowing the technical cause or the source

But what if you now wear a night vision goggle using which you can start seeing me, you will again fear me to be a ghost?

I hope this answer is no.

There are a lot of different types of structures in this world which a naked human eye cannot visualize and just because our eyes cannot visualize the same, it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.

The structure might exist is a form or a medium or a dimension which a naked eyes may not be able to visualize.

But yes the day some human being comes out with a gadget which helps you visualize the same, a lot of behaviors related to those structure can be understood.

Who knows one of you might land up developing some system which will help the world visualize the invisible.


 
Hemant Jha
Founder - VPlanSolutions
Researcher, Trainer

www.VPlanSolutions.co.in