feedback organization

randomly connected binary network

The second in the series of randomly connected binary networks, this one introduces the ability to switch nodes on and off manually.


figure a. the two lit nodes in this figure have been manually activated by clicking
Manually lighting nodes through interaction shows the consistent nature caused by latency in the implementation. No longer are we dependent on the continual growth of the network to observe switching behavior.


A known deficiency of this particular version is the method in which the nodes are connected. Since nodes are only connected at their time of creation, couplings always have historic connection paths. That is, it is not possible for older nodes to be connected to newer nodes. This deficiency produces a kind of 'one way' connection scheme, inhibiting the chances of a closed loop. Thus, very little emergent behavior ever arises.

Further iterations on this self-organizing system produce some astonishing results. See versions three, four, five, and six.

August 6, 2001

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