RSA Animate – The Power of Networks

[In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. Listen to the full talk: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-power-of-networks…%5D

When watched in class, this video made so many connections that it was a bit hard to follow- the main reason being that the drawing was distracting and the man talking left no time for “processing” all of the information given. All in all I appreciated what was being said and it compelled me to want to learn more.

The tree has proven to be a symbol in religion and a knowledge classification system. As our knowledge changes so to does the symbol of the tree and how it is viewed. Has a new way of thinking embarked on the human species? In the past, the tree of life has been used as a model for the human desire for order, symmetry, hierarchy, simplicity, balance and unity. This video tests our need for a model of a tree and explains how it has moved to the web of life- connections between all living matter. In a rhizomatic modern world, knowledge is highly interconnected given the platforms of social media and the internet.

Side note~ If Wikipedia were made into a book, it would be 2.25 million pages long. (And would take you over 123 years to read!)

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