Is there a way to contextualize, or compare, peer to peer “gossip” network protocols - as a concept - with what happens in the neocortex?
Like: in terms of the process of consistency and normalization in order to come up with a shared solution which vacillates between fact and fiction ?
Asking for 8ish billion friends.
I don’t know anything about this Gossip protocol (seems interesting), but neurons in the brain have what some folks call “small world connectivity”, which means they connect to a lot of local stuff, but there are also these long-range connections that make long-distance associations. This type of network structure seems more important to me than any communication protocol that runs atop it.
This is not really a good model of the cortex. In gossip you have a single message that is spread through a random network to be distributed to the various sub-nodes. In the cortex each local area is processing its own part of some stream of sensations. There is local lateral voting to reduce ambiguity but the parts of the stream stays local as it ascends the cortical hierarchy.
This is sometimes referred to as maintaining topology.