The Society Model
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We begin by supposing that knowledge can be separated into distinct categories, or types. Each person or agent in a society either knows or does not know knowledge of each type. For instance, a baker might know how to create delectable breads, while a programmer might know the syntax of a programming language. For simplicity, we generally assume that agents naturally have knowledge of only one particular type. We will refer to this type as the type of the agent.
The society on the left is composed of twelve agents and six knowledge types. Each circle represents a particular agent, and the color of the agent represents her type. The agents to the left are currently in isolation. In this initial state, there are no interconnections between agents of different types so fragmentation is at a maximum.
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