Just a few random new paths between different node villages can completely change how a network functions.
Take interracial relationships, for example, long held to be a measure of the general social distances within a population.
Economists Josue Ortega from the University of Essex and Philipp Hergovich from the University of Vienna wanted to know just how the rise of digital match-making has affected the nature of society.
Scientist Speed Dating is a facilitated, yet informal and high-energy, social activity to encourage a large group of people to speak with one another, ask questions, and learn about specific areas of research and practice within the field of nanoscale science and engineering, as well as the related societal and ethical implications of work in this field.
It is not often that the general public has opportunity to informally chat with scientists, engineers, and social scientists; nor is it often that scientists, engineers, and social scientists get the opportunity to discuss their work with the general public in a social environment.
Even just a few decades ago most new connections were just a jump or two away inside an existing network.
A bar, a sporting team, church, or college would typically provide the perfect environment for those first hot sparks. For heterosexual couples, online dating has risen to second place – just below 'met through friends' – as the context for that first introduction.