Quipus – The Incan Talking Knots


Here is an interesting article on Quipus – talking knots. The Incas used them for collecting data and keeping records, monitoring tax obligations, properly collecting census records, calendrical information, and for military organization. The Incas did not have a written language. Nonetheless, they adopted a unique system of recording information from their predecessors. This ancient “operating system,” called quipus, dates back to 2600 BCE. Quipus were a system of knotted strings that stored data and communicated information. Cultures across the ancient Andean world used this system for thousands of years.

At Numorpho Cybernetic Systems (NUMO), as we detail the Digital Twine to holistically represent enterprise processes, we will be using the visual representation of the quipu to describe transactions, the outcomes of the interactions between the systems and the eventual articulation of the process.

NI+IN UCHIL Founder, CEO & Technical Evangelist



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