P2P as a Complex Adaptive System

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Introduction to P2P as a Complex Adaptive System

Peer-to-peer (P2P) is a complex system, and because P2P is currently under a great deal of scrutiny we can say that it is displaying the properties of a Complex Adaptive System. Somewhat like the origins of the first large scale American enterprises P2P as a system of discernable uniqueness amongst other complex adaptive systems like the one called "Free Market Capitalism" is shoring up a number of potential barriers simultaneously in order to create a wide and deep environment in which to grow, change, and increase in complexity and variety. This is a general description of the strategy of using software production and services as a means to cross and collaborate between borders while simultaneously exploring the limitations and potential solutions to organizing and branching into additional production and social systems in other geographic or knowledge areas.

As an example of the range of qualities of a P2P system you can take a look at the P2P Companion Concepts article which outlines a number of the important qualities of P2P that are also listed below as examples of properties of P2P that are shared with a more general definition of Complex Adaptive System, as noted in various source.

Analyses of P2P as a Complex Adaptive System=

  • "The Functioning Levels Model gives a general description of the modes an intelligent system functions, as well individuals (humans, higher mammals) as groups (societies, cultures, companies). This model explains some hitherto more isolated models, including Freud's developmental stages of personality and society, stages of bereavement, psychiatric illnesses, and some recent models, including P2P, Spiral Dynamics and the Temenos Model." (see Functioning levels)