Monday, November 08, 2004


Swarming the Internet

Reuters reports that 1/3 of all Internet bandwidth is being consumed by an application called BitTorrent. It doesn't "swap" files, it "swarms" them!

BitTorrent stores redundant pieces of files all over the Internet. When a person wants a particular file, these pieces swarm in from all over and the file is stitched together in real time.

What is cool about this is its intellectual relationship to the Complexity Theory notion of emergence. A file "emerges" from individual pieces coming together.

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