Whisker moves and network laws
July 9th, 2010


In a recent Newswire, The Rockefeller University describes a project in which New research shows how experience shapes the brain’s circuitry. The report includes a slideshow from which the mouse image above and neuron network below are copied.

neuronsWhen you think about it, some principles at work here are key phenomena in smart mobs: Input changes relationships and shifts happen when nodes are removed. As a smart mob of people interacting through cellphones experiences an event, movement will be stimulated. It is not hard to imagine the patterns in the second image here as shifting mobs superimposed on a street map.

Although this may be stretching the ideas a whisker or two, it is a useful reminder that network laws underlie much of the dynamics of smart mobbing.

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