Kevin Kelly

While we can agree that evolutionary life exhibits no progress, perhaps it has a general direction In a quick survey of textbooks on evolution, I couldn't find a single one with the word trends or direction in the index. In the heated zeal to eradicate the notion of progress in evolution, many neodarwinians have banned any notions of trends or direction in evolution whatsoever. Steven Jay Gould, one of the most outspoken naysayers about evolutionary trends, is actually one of the few biologists...

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At one end of a long row of displays in the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, a concentrated coral reef sits happily tucked under lights. The Aquarium's self-contained South Pacific ocean compresses the distributed life in a mile-long underwater reef into a few glorious yards behind glass. The condensed reef's extraordinary hues and alien life forms cast a New Age vibe. To stand in front of this rectangular bottle is to stand on a harmonic node. Here are more varieties of living creatures...

Tell me about the future I plead

I'm sitting on a sofa in the guru's office. I've trekked to this high mountain outpost at one of the planet's power points, the national research labs at Los Alamos, New Mexico. The office of the guru is decorated in colorful posters of past hi-tech conferences that trace his almost mythical career from a maverick physics student who formed an underground band of hippie hackers to break the bank at Las Vegas with a wearable computer, to a principal character in a renegade band of scientists who...

Out of Control

Chapter 18 THE STRUCTURE OF ORGANIZED CHANGE - The difference, if any, between learning and evolution Only in the last couple of years has the exhilarating link between learning, behavior, adaptation, and evolution even begun to be investigated. Most of this exciting work has been performed in computer simulations. It has been more or less ignored by biologists-which is not the stigma it once was. A number of researchers such as David Ackley and Michael Littman (in 1990), and Geoffrey Hinton...

The Nine Laws of God Kevin Kellys Out of Control Techno Utopic Program for a Wired World

By William Grassie Temple University Keywords Kevin Kelly, WIRED Magazine, Out of Control, technology, utopia, ecology, Naturalistic Fallacy, Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Review, Social Darwinism, metaphysics, ethics. Abstract The Nine Laws of God are Kevin Kelly's attempt to metatheorize natural and cybernetic creativity in his paradigm shifting book Out ofControl The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World. Kelly is the executive editor of WIRED Magazine. He offers a...

China 9th Century Points South Wooden Statue Two Red Horses

- In ancient Greece the first artificial self The invention of autonomous control, like most inventions, has roots in ancient China. There, on a dusty windswept plain, a small wooden statue of a man in robes teeters upon a short pole. The pole is carried between a pair of turning wagon wheels, pulled by two red horses outfitted in bronze finery. The statue man, carved in the flowing dresses of 9th-century China, points with outstretched hand towards a distant place. By the magic of noisy gears...