Surely this future algorithm engine is what already connects everything informationally, we humans are so deeply mired in it that it's impossible to split it off into hypotheticals?
Dissensus is our best interface, the control panel
This does touch on a point I've been trying to make. If by hypotheticals you mean radical alternatives, systems truly closed off from the roots of our current system, then I think I would ultimately agree
Functions can be algorithmic without their outcomes being deterministic. I think. The system cannot, as far as I can tell, perfectly account for its environment, but it can anticipate it to some extent and employ, what, categorical imperatives? It (our genetic system?) can establish a response that can be activated by some set of stimuli connected by some common characteristic, without taking into account the complete detail of the stimuli.
Maybe this can be called a categorical determinism, but I don't see much of a need to keep using that term. In this sense, the freedom would reside in whatever margin isn't accounted for by the genetic algorithm (if "algorithm" can even be applied to genetics. I don't see why not).
Not sure if this came across as anything but gibberish - it's a tough point for me. It's a point that cancels the determinism/free-will debate by affirming them both within reconciled parameters.
It's sort of like the "free-will" side is the vanguard, and the "determinism" is the rearguard, if I understand those terms. That which is deterministic, genetically coded/ossified, is the basic function, which positions consciousness to sort out that which isn't already coded/accounted for by the genetic information.
So yeah, we already in
this system, we just seem to primarily operate in an ever shifting margin that exists along the periphery of the genetic acumen - and this to me bears a striking resemblance to capitalism. Consciousness as the head of cognition, which is connected, through the gradient of the unconscious, to the genetic intelligence, the species intelligence. And the species intelligence is nested in the larger biosphere (?) of intelligence, which is itself a subset of the set of all possible molecular permutations - all of which constitute intelligent matter.
We, as far as I can tell right now, just occupy the head of it. Which doesn't mean we are in charge, any more than the whisker is in charge of the cat. A weak example, but the point is there I hope.