I’ve read Kevin Kelly’s book What Technology Wants two times now, and often re-read highlights from the book, and I’m always discovering new things I missed before.
I think one reason – among many – for the wonderful breadth and depth of his insights, is his ability to analyze technology as if it were a living, breathing, evolving super-organism.
There is no limit to the most complex things we will make. We’ll dazzle ourselves with new complexity in many directions. This will complexify our lives further, but we’ll adapt to it. There is no going back. We’ll hide this complexity with beautiful “simple” interfaces, as elegant as the round ball of an orange. But behind this membrane our stuff will be more complex than the cells and biochemistry of an orange. To keep up with this complexification, our language, tax codes, government bureaucracies, news media, and daily lives will all become more complex as well. It’s a trend we can count on. The long arc of complexity began before evolution, worked through the four billion years of life, and now continues through the technium
Here are more of my highlights.
And here are Derek Sivers’s highlights from the book, too.
One more mind-blaster:
There is nothing we have invented to date about which we’ve said, “It’s smart enough.”
Inspired by a Qing dynasty poem
Monday November 09, 2020
I really enjoyed reading this poem, just something about the words and the flow of it. I decided to write my own – half a literal translation, and half something else. — 万里长城万里空 张廷玉 南来北往走西东, 人生杳杳在其中； 天也来空地也空, 换了多少主人公。 夜静听得三更鼓, 翻身不觉五更钟； 从头仔细思量起, 便是南柯一梦中。 一场辛苦一场空, 死后还归泥土中。 身归泥土气随风, 一片顽皮化臭胧； 在身置得万倾田, 死后只得三步地。 埋骨何须桑梓地, 人生无处不青山。 万里长城万里空, 百世英雄百世梦； 沉舟侧畔轻帆过, 病树前头万木春! — […]
Guatemala 2020. Vehicle Market recovers and grows 7.5% while Toyota dominates
Friday November 13, 2020
Guatemala vehicles market in 2020 reported a sharp drop in sales in Q2, but has recovered effectively in the last month despite COVID-19 infections remaining stable. Indeed, 2.193 units have been sold in September (+7.5%), leading Year to Date sales at 15.086 units (-18.5%). Economic Environment The economy likely remained in the doldrums in Q3 amid […]
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