Social Hardware and the Nexus

The concept of a Nexus came up today in the latest installment of my online novel — a post mostly about social tech hardware, very advanced social technology in a hand-held cellphone-like package.  The properties attributed to the fictional device were added to, but towards the end of this chapter the properties of a collection of them are discussed.   The possibility that they might form an artificial intelligence, as discussed in another context in a previous post here is presented again in fictional form, with a much more definitive answer when the subject is the network formed by these devices.    The novel concerns a school, Social Tech High, based on advanced social technology.   A key idea is that a social network, whether created by individual communications (in person, for example, or by phone) or mediated by some social technology, can, if extremely well tied together form a nexus, a completely connected entity, by which I mean that each person is connected be an extremely strong link to at least one other person. 

But the idea is stronger than that, as I hint at, right at the end of the chapter.   All human beings are in fact connected, but most links are poor.  A single structure with such strong connections may be able to pull together the other links, tightening a loose network, drawing it together, as pulling on one knot of a tennis net would tighten all the strings a bit, some more than others, but all of them.   This concept needs much more exposition, but will appear again in subsequent chapters.

On my other blog, the software development blog at Software Development I have requests for other datasets I can use.  — dpw

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