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Why we often view digital culture through insect metaphors | WIRED UK


curated by | May 4, 2013

Termite_alates_9759Says media theorist and author Jussi Parikka in his book Insect Media “Why do we constantly talk about digital culture and networks through insect metaphors? Is it just a metaphoric relation? … From the perspective of a computer scientist, it is hard not to see ant colonies as massive computation machines, optimising their algorithms, for instance, to find the best food routes. After all, insects are hackers and are interpreting the rules to survive.”

 

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