seeing the web back on itself as a complex adaptive system

infinity of mirrors

 

October 21, 2007

Web Science and Fractals

“We are exploring the essence of what it means to be web-like: connected, decentralized, fractal and tangled. Is it time for us to plan more? Can we start to understand the web itself as a complex system?” Tim Berners-Lee

MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Initial seminar of the fall 2007 series:

Web Science and Fractals

Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Consortium

Monday, October 22, 4:00-5:30 pm

3 Cambridge Center, MIT Building NE20, Room 336 Conference Room

Abstract:

The scale of the Web has increased, and academic, commercial, government and artistic use of the web have waxed and waned as centers of attention. Emergent phenomena and carefully orchestrated transitions have each effected large changes. We are exploring the essence of what it means to be web-like: connected, decentralized, fractal and tangled. Is it time for us to plan more? Can we start to understand the web itself as a complex system? Should we look at it more as the web of people than a web of pages?

(full piece)

Source: MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Source: Colabria

 

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