Today I had a lecture on similarities, coincidence and connectivity to do with digital media. I realised in todays lecture that so many networks are connected in the way they look, for example, trees, roads, friends, maps, the brain, the internet…the list goes on! Networks are powerful structures where nature and digital networks collide in the way they both looks so similar!
Here are a few of Mez’s images that show network similarities between natural and digital
I find it crazy and so fascinating how all these networks looks so alike, its mind boggling how a natural network such a leaf and a brain and the internet all look the same when you view it as a network of lines!
One of the most interesting things from todays lecture was about The Six Degrees of Separation and how apparently anyone on the planet can be connected in just a few steps of association!
In a world of 6.6 billion people, it does seem hard to believe. The theory of six degrees of separation contends that, because we are all linked by chains of acquaintance, you are just six introductions away from any other person on the planet.
But yesterday researchers announced the theory was right – nearly. By studying billions of electronic messages, they worked out that any two strangers are, on average, distanced by precisely 6.6 degrees of separation. In other words, putting fractions to one side, you are linked by a string of seven or fewer acquaintances to Madonna, the Dalai Lama and the Queen.
– The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/03/internet.email)
When you think about how you could potentially know anyone through 6 other people is quite insane because when you really think about it you basically ‘know’ everyone in the world?! Is that possible though, I just cant get my head around that! I just cant possibly believe you know everyone by another 6 degrees, its seems ludicrous!
It has been nearly proven though like my source says “…But yesterday researchers announced the theory was right – nearly…” so I guess we all know each other somehow!