Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World.pdf
In many ways, the 20th century has been the Age of Physics. Out of Control is an accessible and entertaining explanation of why the coming years will probably be the Age of Biology -- particularly evolution and ethology -- and what this will mean to most every aspect of our society. Kelly is an enthusiastic and well-informed guide who explains the promises and implications of this rapidly evolving revolution very well.
...represents an attempt to comprehend the possible future evolution of everything. This is the wonderful sort of subject which can quickly transform a reader's idle curiosity into an obsessive craving for more knowledge and imaginative interpretation. Kelly offers plenty of both, with hackle-raising enthusiasm, eloquence, and even that scientific rarity, a sense of humor. -- London Spectator
...the best of an important new genre. The book offers a pointed reminder that self organization...is the essence of innovation, progress, and life itself. These are eternal ideas -- and ideas whose time has come. -- Forbes ASAP
Kevin Kelly is Executive Editor of Wired, the new bible of the techno-culture. Formerly Publisher and Editor of Whole Earth Review, he has been instrumental in helping launch a number of cultural innovations: The Hacker’s Conference; Cyberthon; the first virtual-reality jamboree; and the WELL, model way station on the information superhighway.
* The Made and the Born * Hive Mind * Machines with an Attitude * Assembling Complexity * Coevolution * The Natural Flux * Emergence of Control * Closed Systems * Pop Goes the Biosphere * Industrial Ecology * Network Economics * E-Money * God Games * In the Library of Form * Artificial Evolution * The Future of Control * As Open Universe * The Structure of Organized Change * PostDarwinism * The Butterfly Sleeps * Rising Flow * Prediction Machinery * Wholes, Holes, and Spaces * The Nine Laws of God
In a book about the marriage of the born and the made--the biologicalization of everything from computers to government--the executive editor of Wired chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that dri ve our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things.