Comparing Technological Development and Biological Evolution from a Network Perspective

Cell Syst. 2020 Mar 25;10(3):219-222. doi: 10.1016/j.cels.2020.02.004.


We compare the "patterns of mutation" in biological and technological networks. Negative selection at central nodes in biological networks has been widely reported; however, we show technological networks have an opposite trend. This suggests a potential contrast: biological evolution involves random tinkering, whereas man-made systems change according to rational planning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't