A fairly large portion of modern Artificial Intelligence revolves around networking in today’s world. Internet – the one network that connects the world together – is an obvious example of how a physical network of computer nodes can actually expose rather intelligent behaviors.
When we talk about Internet, a lot of times we mention how it connects people together. Please note I said people, not computer nodes, so how the hell would a group of interconnected computers be able to connect people intelligently? The key is the network is serving as a information carrier medium that allows people to send and retrieve information. Before we dive deeper let’s take a look at couple real life examples.
Let’s start with an intriguing story. The story from a Spanish double agent whose name is Juan Pujol García is the most jaw-dropping, intricate, and frankly unbelievable spy story. During WWII, he served to Britain government as a double agent against Germany. At one point of time, he created a network of more than 20 sub-agents including numerous fictionally created agents that can be used to blame for false information. He didn’t breach his identity for many years using the power of the agent-network. If you would like to read more about the story, here is the link on Wikipedia. Well, key takeaways from the story, given proper information transmission and hiding techniques, an information bearer network can be quite powerful. I’ll go deeper into the math model and certain techniques in later posts.
Second story will be familiar to pretty much all of you, the tremendous success from Google (and later Bing from Microsoft) involves indexing billions of web documents, and serving consumer queries in sub-second time. The search ranking technique itself is somewhat very intelligent to figure out relevancy and sometimes capable of predicting what consumer really wanted to search for. All these are all based on utilizing network and data intelligence.
The Internet contains massive amount of information, it’s powerful, but in a lot of cases, it’s merely simulating real life networking behaviors, so as long as humans are intelligent and socially connected, the Internet itself will be as well.
Thanks for reading thus far, in my next post, I’ll cover some network basics and if we still have room, I’ll also cover some latest techniques on network information transmission and retrieval techniques and their corresponding mathematics models.