All Shook Up

Isn’t it funny how whenever things are just starting to relax, become cruisy and unwind, that something unprecedented always happens. Something arises that leaves us feeling anarchic, improvising, with no central plan, no centralised oversight and with no overarching design.

Take week 3 of Uni. Up until now I had been gallivanting my way through semester, when all of a sudden I have 2 blogs, 3 quizzes, 4 essays, 5 research projects, 63 exams and 99 other problems. You’d think by my forth semester I would have learned.

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In the Sput-nik of time

So you can only imagine what it was like when the world was shook by the Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite. With a series of small beeps from a spiky globe 50 years ago, the world shrank and humanity’s view of Earth and the cosmos expanded. Sputnik 1 symbolises the development of distributed information networks and their nature of arising complexity. This new paradigm changed our understanding of information network topologies, and targeted the ultra-centralised networks that were all we had known before. Distributed control meant that the end node user acquired command. Until then they were simply terminals, entry points to the central mainframe.

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Essentially, Sputnik 1 can be accredited to every form of decentralised media and communication that we know today. How we watch television, pay for what we have bought, know whether to bring an umbrella to work, and get home safely after a night at the Grand. Not bad for little 58cm diameter metal ball.

Feature Image: “CIMG1331.JPG” by Daisuke TSUDA, licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Published by susiealdermann

Fifth Year Bachelor of Communications and Media/ Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) student

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