Vulnerability of decentralized systems

Myopia in decentralized systems: The Ant Well

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And here is the opposite: unexpected success.






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[…] The “Ant well” is less ambiguously a failure of a decentralized system. It happens in the wild, when the head of a column of army ants short circuits. Millions of ants start marching in circles until too many have died to close the circuit. And here is a magically functional decentralized system. What does decentralized mean here? Does it mean the same thing in all three examples? How is it different from bottom-up, feedback, distributed, local, networked, hierarchical, modular, or any other concept? We’re still working on that. At least there’s more video than vocabulary out there. […]

enfascination » Blog » Ouroboros and the failures of complex systems added these pithy words on Mar 13 13 at 15:51

[…] The “Ant well” is less ambiguously a failure of a decentralized system. It happens in the wild, when the head of a column of army ants short circuits. Millions of ants start marching in circles until too many have died to close the circuit. And here is a magically functional decentralized system. What does decentralized mean here? Does it mean the same thing in all three examples? How is it different from bottom-up, feedback, distributed, local, networked, hierarchical, modular, or any other concept? We’re still working on that. At least there’s more video than vocabulary out there. […]

enfascination » Blog » Ouroboros and the failures of complex systems added these pithy words on Nov 24 13 at 20:37