Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World
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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Review: Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic WorldUser Review - Angelo - Goodreads
As interesting as some parts of the book are, as tedious are others. I have skipped over a few chapters that were really hard to get through, but then again, the parts that are worth it, are _really_ worth it. In short, I feel dual towards this book. Read full review
Review: Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic WorldUser Review - Jennifer - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
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