AbstractA major achievement in the study of complex networks is the realization that diverse systems, from sub-cellular biology to social networks, exhibit universal topological characteristics. Yet, such universality does not naturally translate to the dynamics of these systems, as dynamic behaviour cannot be uniquely predicted from topology alone. Rather, it depends on the interplay of the network’s topology with the dynamic mechanisms of interaction between the nodes.
When looking at the most significant tech stories of 2017 one that jumps out is the rise of cryptocurrency. Many theories emerged about the sudden interest in crypto, from fraud to rampant speculation to the next evolutionary step in decentralised technology. Yes, speculation is a big part of what’s happening, but I have another theory, one that sees a rapid shift away from traditional forms of value and commerce to blockchain/crypto enabled Internet-connected things.