Recently I finished reading the book “linked” by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.
Probably many of you know it - I found it a pretty good read.
The author claims that the emergence of hubs is a natural phenomenon
in scale-free networks. In those networks, the connectivity of
nodes follows a power-law distribution. meaning that there are many nodes
with a small number of connections but also a few super-nodes or hubs that
have a very large number of connections.
Many examples are given: social networks, the power grid,
neurons in the brain, interaction of species in an ecosystem
aaaaaannnddd… the internet.
For MaidSAFE, often the comparison with ants is made, which work together
in a decentralized manner. But also there, every colony has a queen right?
And every bee-hive has a queen too. And every swarm has a leader (not 100%
sure, I could be wrong on this one).
So I’m wondering: is the design of the internet with its servers and hubs
really so unnatural?
Your thoughts on this?