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

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Addison-Wesley, 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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User Review  - StefanNijenhuis - LibraryThing

a really inspiring book that takes me along a path of all things that have guided me in the past to making software. robots, life simulations, game theory, system thinking, ecosystems. this book made me google a lot and this is one I will have to read once a year! Read full review

OUT OF CONTROL: The Rise of Neo-Biological Civilization

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In this densely packed deliberation on the shape of things to come, Kelly, the executive editor of Wired, offers a biological paradigm for a whole set of scientific and cultural phenomena: virtual ... Read full review

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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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