"Networks are nature’s best embodiments of collective intelligence.
Networks are intelligent and adaptive, which means that they grow in intelligence as they adapt to events to fulfill needs.
The networks that are most important to us are:
Networks of living organisms, plants and animals that feed and protect us;
Networks of cells that make up our immune systems;
Networks of neurons that make up our brains;
Personal and social networks that make up our friendship and support networks, and health, transportation, economic, learning, and communication networks.
Our technology is now more than ever creating, using, and maintaining networks.
All networks are basically made of nodes and connections. The intelligence of the nodes is important, but the real intelligence of networks is in the connections.
There are two super-attributes of connections that are especially important in all types of networks: Connection Strength and Context."
Via Howard Rheingold