some emergent markets

precedent | emergence experiment by jhuang
April 19, 2010, 2:20 pm
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Self-organization is a process of organization that is not directed by any external force or factor, but by the character of the basic unit itself.  Although unpredictable in outcome, this process could produce the most efficient systems as witnessed in an experiment conducted by the architect and structural engineer Frei Otto.  He produced a geometrical system of paths by connecting all the points (i.e. targets such as houses) on the circumference of a circle (or any other form) using wool.  Due to theoretical “detours” people often take, the wool was given some slack.  He then dipped the entire system in water, shook it and then removed it.  The wet wool began to gather and merge, eliminating some of the paths that previously existed.  The total length of all the paths was shortest in the final stage of the experiment.  Contrary to what most might believe, an orthogonal geometric system is not the most efficient system.


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