The Downside of a Good Idea

George Siemens, elearnspace, Feb 27, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have commented before about the importance of autonomy for the reliable functioning of networks. I have also commented that network theorists - I've cited Varela in this regard - find that the optimal density of a network is somewhere between zero connectivity and total connectivity. So the suggestion that the performance of a completely connected non-autonomous network is not optimal is... not surprising.
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