Networks or “networkings”

Posted by on Jan 12, 2008 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Harvester_ants

Go here to watch Deborah Gordon‘s amazing TED talk on ant colonies and other organisations built on iterative interactions.

The “network” idea of a fixed social structure does not work to explain how they work; the “networking” one of iterative, simple interactions with simple rules can produce amazing results

“It’s messy, it’s difficult, it’s unpredictable”

But it does lead to high level structures that seems predictable (such as the fact the ant colonies get to a certain size before sending virgins off to the communal breeding or the fact that the larger the colony, the less flexible the individuals are in performing certain tasks).

Maybe this ‘-ing’ thing is going to be helpful than I thought…it certainly helps me understand the complexity stuff a bit better