Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World

Out of Control The New Biology of Machines Social Systems and the Economic World Out of Control chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things

  • Title: Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World
  • Author: Kevin Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780201483406
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Out of Control chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things.

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    1. Don't let the fact that it took me 10 months to finish this book impact your decision to read it; Out of Control was a well-worthy, remarkable effort, which should be given a careful and thorough read.So, why 10 months? Kevin Kelly is very wordy. Yes, Kelly provides fascinating insights and revelations about machine biology, "hive mind" theory, co-evolution, the evolution of computers, and the future of planet Earth. But he does all of this with about 200 pages more than are actually necessary t [...]

    2. Disturbing and reassuring at the same time. One of those books which approach the current state of world chaos from a unique angle and helps one try to make sense of what's going on.Reassuring in that Kelly gives us something of a method to dissect current technological trends. He offers a quirky kind of philosophical outlook towards the alarming aspects of modernism which says, "relax, just trust in science" (because, and I paraphrase) 'science is ultimately displaying an organic style of devel [...]

    3. This is a fascinating book full of fascinating ideas reaching across the board from artificial intelligence, evolution, biology, ecology, robotics and more to explore complexity, cybernetics and self-organising systems in an accessible and engaging way.But despite the fascinating topic matter, "Out of Control" has a number of frustrating flaws: - It is way too long-winded. - It is full of weird conjecture and meta-philosophising, which may have inspired the creators of the Matrix trilogy, but wh [...]

    4. Finally finished the book. It was such an enjoyment and a thrill to read this book. Many of the ideas and concepts he brought up in his book back in 1994 were realized and set to running today. What an exciting experience to follow and visualize the vast, grand future ahead of us through this book! Just love it!

    5. The parts where Kelly discusses technology are dated, and worth skipping. But his overview of evolutionary biology is comprehensive, and the way he connects it to the realm of the made is inspirational and compelling. It's given me new starting points for thinking about complexity.

    6. This book blew me away - so much I didn't know about systems theory, hive mind and distributed redundant networks in nature and their application in technology. Amazing, highly recommended, even if the book is 15 years old now.

    7. "Kauffman’s Law states that above a certain point, increasing the richness of connections between agents freezes adaptation. nothing gets done because too many actions hinge on too many other contradictory actions. Too many agents have a say in each other’s work, and bureaucratic rigor mortis sets in.""The primary goal that any system seeks is survival. The secondary search is for the ideal parameters to keep the system tuned for maximal flexibility. But it is the third order search that ism [...]

    8. Integrate organ and nature to pursue underlying persistent logicThe underlying rules to govern nature and artifacts are openness, free. The evolution is more open, co-adaptive, incremental from atomic core to complex ecosystem. There is common and pervasive rule and laws to underpin living systems

    9. Kevin Kelly is one of the best and most original thinkers I've read, and this could very well be his crowning achievement. An absolute treasure of a book--worthy of many hours of careful reading. Odds are he will change how you think about world.

    10. This books was written in the 1990s. It's surprisingly accurately predict what's going on in this world now.Technology is evolving, so are our society and economy. Control is just illusion. We need to accept that out of control is the new normal.

    11. Hands down the most intellectual and profound book I've read in recent years. Will read it again and probably again every couple years. Each chapter is rich in its content to be an independent book. Need constant break for digestion which makes it like reading a dictionary (in a respectful way!). So far, KK's many "apocalypse" of technology or society development has come true. He mentioned at the Q&A in the end that in the future (of a shared-hardware world), it's not the ownership of infor [...]

    12. What a brilliant magnum opus this is! Worth every second of the 11 months it took to get through this one!

    13. It took me almost an entire year to finally finish this voluminous big cover. During this time period, I've already read Mr.Kelly's What Technology Wants What Technology Wants, which seems to correspond a lot to the prophecies in this 1994 book. As a result, my assessment on this book is more or less influenced by my judgement on the other one.Undisputed, Kevin Kelly was a great prognosticator of literally everything that took place in the information age, probably the best of his kind in Silico [...]

    14. Out of Control is one of the most different and interesting books I have read to date. Kelly beautifully describes the complex and simple structures we find throughout the networks in life. He describes things like hive behavior that make you rethink a beehive as rather then a bunch of dumb drones instead as a single super intelligent being. He delves into human psychology and the interworking of a human mob and its ability to function even without direct communication between those in the netwo [...]

    15. In this well researched book, Kevin Kelly explores how agency emerges out of organization -- that the casual chain of "where decisions are made" isn't always locatable as a property of supervenience. Though a series of explorations (biospheres, cybernetics, group actions through crowd-feedback, evolutionary emergent behaviors, and so on), Kelly suggests that various causal chains can be complexified and managed but are often reliant on technocractic algorithms rather than human understanding. We [...]

    16. Dit boek is een van eerste boeken die beschrijft hoe biologie en technologie met elkaar verweven zijn. Hij beschrijft hoe technologie een anarchistisch karakter heeft en daardoor niet gecontroleerd kan worden. Die anarchistische karakter heeft volgens Kelly veel weg van de biologie. Mede daarom legt hij die link, waarbij hij ingaat op het spontaan ontstaan van dingen.De meest belangrijke vraag die hij in het boek stelt en tevens niet beantwoord, is of het mogelijk zal zijn dat een machine een an [...]

    17. This is a great book. It covers a huge amount of material on complex systems, from robotics to economics to human psychology to ecology and more. Kevin Kelley is able to present relatively complex ideas like a well-versed scientist, but do it with the simple, engaging clarity of an excellent writer. There were a couple of pages that related to a project that I worked on back in grad school and where I know that he didn't get the material quite right, so I suspect that he was not perfectly true t [...]

    18. What a book! I will be thinking about the concepts and ideas presented in this book for a long, long time. Kelly is a little more at home writing magazine articles, and sometimes the book lacks a coherent thesis, but that is more than made up for with wonderful prose, and an unbridled excitement for his subject.This book attempts to dissect the study of the unpredictable. From biological evolution to artificial intelligence to economies, it examines how and why complex, unpredictable systems for [...]

    19. Extensive discussion of the development of neo-biological systems and the melding of biology and technology. Sometimes too wordy and anecdotal. Still, the often metaphorical and lyrical style of writing was a nice change from a dry textbook.One of the main points: that which we create can become autonomous, adaptable and out of our complete control.A few of the many concepts discussed: autonomous distributed systems, AI, hive mind, supermind, moreness, swarm model, coevolution, prairies, stable [...]

    20. This is techno determinism on steroids, free market orientated and utopian. Digital darwinism would be an apt description in fact. It reads like poetry at times, which is surprising considering how much of it is about business.Very dated, but thats too be expected. He got it right that new media would be a powerful, liberating force for some, what he got wrong is that the new Networks won't have Hierarchy. And neither did the dawning of the digital post industrial society bring prosperity to the [...]

    21. Fascinating exploration, dated in places but incredible, inspiring; a mind expanding understanding of how everything works. Densely crammed with information and questions“ every additional week a child was reared by culture (grandparent’s wisdom) instead of by animal instinct gave human biology another chance to irrevocably transfer that duty to further cultural rearing. ““ To put it bluntly, humans are no more evolved than most bacteria.” pg 342His Nine Laws of God are basically equiv [...]

    22. This is an extended meditation on the idea that the worlds of biology and technology are converging, with consequences for both. Along the way we meet lots of interesting thinkers and doers and see what sort of crazy things some of them have been up to (Biosphere 2 anyone?).Kelley's a pretty good writer and, while all of his theses don't ultimately mesh together, I can't recall reading another book with as many densely packed ideas as this one.

    23. I didn't read the whole thing, but just the first few chapters. I think it was sufficient for my purposes, but also very relevant. I love it when descriptions of natural systems match what you note about your own life or about God's purposes. It was somehow comforting to read the way biological systems organize (bottom-up, diversified, disorganized, and uncontrolled) and find that this way has advantages over our own way of organization (top-down, goal-oriented, organized, controlled). I'll have [...]

    24. While working with the author who goes by the same name as myself, I had the opportunity to read his book. It was a complex and fascinating look into the merging of biology and technology and the resulting impact it's having on culture. His concept of the hive mind resonated with me, coming from an IT background. As my friends well know, I referred to the hive mind whenever I had the chance. This book has a major influence on the making of the film, "The Matrix".

    25. I found the book very enjoyable,entertaining and nice to read. The book's style is a combination of personal observations and interviews with leaders in their field. It's a must for anyone new to the field of Artificial Life. it won't bog you down with formulas and proofs, but is excellent in demonstrating that much of our current knowledge points to some revolutionary conclusions. This book is recommended if you are interested in stretching your mind and possibilities to new limits

    26. Liked this book, but it was written over a decade ago about "cutting edge" issues, so it comes across as dated in some aspects. And the chapters are somewhat disconnected, so the overall narrative of the book didn't keep me engaged. I gave up about half way through.I wish I had picked it up when it first came out.

    27. Broad overview of studies of complex systems of different kinds. It comes with detailed bibliography and can certainly be a starting point if you have casual interest in the field. As is usually the case with books written by journalist, not a scientist, some of author's generalizations and insights are trivial, so I give the book 4 stars7

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