Networks as the new paradigm

31 May

Recently I came across this nice video on the Power of Networks, suggesting there is a paradigm in our thinking and that networks are the key to model and understand complexity in real life. While studying networks myself already for some time I already knew that of course 😉 But it is still nice to see how they build the argument for that using many different real-life examples. It also shows very well that the traditional taxonomy (tree structure) is often not well equipped to model reality. Just imagine your folder structure, at some point you want to put a file in two different folders (e.g. a publication in your publications folder or the project folder where all the research material is). Still many people think in tree like structures as you can see in the video while our brain is not a taxonomy at all. Anyway, enjoy watching the video.

If you are not interested in networks it is still a nice video because the story unfolds while the presenter is drawing the story at the same time.

Thanks to @LeonieHoutman for sharing the link on Twitter.

5 Responses to “Networks as the new paradigm”

  1. Adrian Schroeter May 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Remko, can you please add a link to the video?

    Did you know with respect to file systems, google with their google doc/drive actually implemented a more graph based approach using tags that can be nested, did you ever play with it to see what you can do with it?

    • Adrian Schroeter May 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      never mind about the video, just popped up

    • rwhelms June 1, 2012 at 4:18 am #

      No I did not try it … played with some document management system that had topic maps on top to facilitate searching. Do you have a link for the Google drive?

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