I like the insights that writer Kevin Kelly is bringing to the discussion about technology. He compares the growth of the Techno sphere to the evolution of the Bio sphere. That the real story about both has to do with Information Processing. Both domains share many common tendencies in their evolution eg trends towards COMPLEXITY – DIVERSITY – SPECIALIZATION – SENTIENCE – EVOLABILITY – UBIQUITY – INCREASING ORDER & STRUCTURE towards awareness & consciousness.
This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover “what it wants.” Kelly uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology’s long course, and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.
This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts.