Friday, October 17, 2014

Wikipedia's socio-technology as compared to biology

I recently gave a presentation at the Wikimedia Foundation's Research Showcase where I compared Wikipedia to a paramecium.  I'll be turning that presentation into a blog post later, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a slide from that presentation that I thought was fun.

From left to right: a small village with about 150 people, the MediaWiki software and extensions, the crowd from Wikimania'14 and Wikipedia.

Here, I equate organelles to specialized sub-systems of the greater paramecium.  In the case of Wikipedia, specialized sub-systems tend to take the form of software.

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