Although network connectivity has always been thought of in a slow and constant manner, researchers have discovered that in special cases, connectivity begins with a bang (and ends with one too) in a phenomenon called “explosive percolation.” It stems from networks being so interconnected that a chain reaction develops, and has serious consequences. A possible solution to this is instead of (as in a traditional network) having random nodes connect to each other, allowing nodes to choose between two other random nodes, so it could choose whichever node has less previous connections. That way, if the connection fails, less nodes/connections will be affected.

To learn more (including how this was not discovered before), visit the article at: https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150714-explosive-percolation-networks/

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