The Narcissus Search Engine, Skateboarding, and Oranges
A chapter in The Institute of Network Cultures' Society of the Query Reader, based on a conversation between Aharon Amir and myself discussing our Narcissus “Anti Search Engine” and “search-art” in general.
The Society of the Query Reader (PDF)
I recently got curious about this question. What can we say about the formation of two networks competing to connect the same group of nodes? A simple model of platform wars.
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A paper I gave at the 2007 Wittgenstein Symposium in August 2007.
It’s basically an introduction to Netocracy with hints about tying it in with social network analysis.
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My MPhil thesis at Sussex University. I don’t think it was a great piece of scientific or philosophical research. But it asked a question I still find fascinating : Why should we have evolved the kind of social strategies that made us think of each other as individuals rather than as mere “roles”?
Why should an animal evolve to treat its conspecifics as “people” rather than, say, the way we imagine ants treat each other? Both are ways of creating complex, co-operative societies. So why choose individuals?
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