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The problem of emergence - how microscopic interactions give rise to macroscopic phenomena - is not new. What is new, argues Johnson, is that it is now possible to engineer systems that exploit emergence. Bottom-up organisation will be the paradigm for the new information culture.
Part one: The myth of the ant queen. Part two: Street level; the pattern match; listening to feedback; control artist. Part three: The mind readers; see what happens.
32 year old media guru and cultural critic, Steven Johnson is one of the '50 People who matter most on the Internet' - Newsweek Magazine