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

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Basic Books, 1994 - Business & Economics - 521 pages
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This is a book about how our manufactured world has become so complex that the only way to create yet more complex things is by using the principles of biology. This means decentralized, bottom up control, evolutionary advances and error-honoring institutions. I also get into the new laws of wealth in a network-based economy, what the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona has or has not to teach us, and whether large systems can predict or be predicted. And more: restoration biology, encryption, a-life, and the lessons of hypertext. Yes, it's a romp, in 520 pages. But the best part, my friends tell me, is the 28-page annotated bibliography. If you have suspected that technology could be better, more life-like, then this book is for you. -- Product Description.
  

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Contents

THE MADE AND THE BORN
1
HIVE MIND
5
MACHINES WITH AN ATTITUDE
29
ASSEMBLING COMPLEXITY
57
COEVOLUTION
69
THE NATURAL FLUX
91
EMEROENOE OF CONTROL
111
CLOsED SYsTEIvIs
128
ARTIFICIAL EVOLUTION
283
THE FUTURE OF CONTROL
312
AN OPEN UNIVERSE
332
THE STRUcTURE OF ORGANIZED CHANGE
352
P0sTDARwINIsM 365
389
RISING FLOW
404
PREDICTION MACHINERY
420
WHOLEs HOLES AND SPACES
450

POP GoEs THE BIOSPHERE
150
INDUsTRIAL ECOLOGY
166
NETWORK Ec0NOMIcs
184
EMONEY
203
GOD GAMES
230
IN THE LIBRARY OF FORM
258
THE NINE LAws OF GOD
468
Acknowledgments
473
Annotated Bibliography
475
Index
501
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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.

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