The power of the network.

  • So many things in nature reflected in our digital lives.
  • Always been reliant on networks.
  • E.g. roads, trains, friendships.
  • No escaping a network.
  • We even have them in our bodies, we rely on them.
  • Use them to navigate the world.
  • Powerful structures.
  • Gives us the ability to learn.
  • “Life and mind have common abstract pattern or set of basic organizational properties. The functional properties characteristic of mind are an enriched version of the functional properties that are fundamental to life in general. Mind is literally life-like” – Godfrey-Smith, P. (1996)
  • Maps tell interesting stories beyond the image itself.
  • Earliest instance of modern complex network theory was found in the work of Ludwig von Bertalanffy.
  • General Systems Theory 1940s.
  • Said that everything is connected.
  • Descriptive notions:
  • System – the way it works.
  • Network – the structure it takes.
  • Metabolism – its evolution/organic nature.
  • Openness/closure – can it be impinged on from the outside?
  • Passed on to radical constructivists.
  • Believed scientific knowledge constructed by scientists rather than taken from the real world.
  • Chaos theory.
  • Cybernetics.
  • Two types of networks – random and scale-free.
  • Random network is fragile and can be easily broken. Happen regularly but are only temporary.
  • Scale-free are the most pervasive – strong and robust.
  • Can break part of it and it will still carry on.
  • Characterized by power law distribution and clustering coefficient distribution.
  • They are pervasive in biology and on the Internet.
  • Blue Brain Project – Henry Markram. An attempt to create a synthetic brain.
  • Marshall McLuhan predicted the networked connectivity of the Internet in the 1960s.
  • Assumption that “the medium is the message”.
  • We use the network to access information.
  • It has a life of its own, the network itself tells a story.
  • What good is blood without an arterial system?
  • What good is art or photography in the digital age without a network to distribute it?
  • Six degrees of separation – the small world theory.
  • Artificial intelligence?
  • Every new evolution digital or biological happens in the same way.
  • We want to find things all the time because it will make us safer.
  • We are forever giving information.
  • Olga Goriunova says feedback is not interaction.
  • Computation is not cognition.
  • Storage is not memory.
  • Data is not knowledge.
  • Telecommunication switches are not social networks.
  • Cybernetic mapping is not the cultural territory.
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~ by victoriasimkissphotography on February 17, 2014.

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