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In many ways, the 20th century has been the Age of Physics. Out of Control is an accessible and entertaining explanation of why the coming years will probably be the Age of Biology -- particularly evolution and ethology -- and what this will mean to most every aspect of our society. Kelly is an enthusiastic and well-informed guide who explains the promises and implications of this rapidly evolving revolution very well.
In this mind-expanding exploration of the synergistic intersection of computer science, biology, systems theory, cybernetics and artificial intelligence, Kelly investigates what he calls "vivisystems"--lifelike, complex, engineered systems capable of growing in complexity. Among the objects and ideas that he scrutinizes are computer models that simulate ecosystems; the "group mind" of bee hives and ant colonies; virtual-reality worlds; robot prototypes; and Arizona's Biosphere 2. Former publisher and editor of Whole Earth Review , now executive editor of Wired , Kelly distills the unifying principles governing self-improving systems, which he labels "the nine laws of god." Leaping from Antonio Gaudi's futuristic buildings in Barcelona to computerized "smart" houses to computer simulations that challenge Darwinian evolutionary theory, this sprawling odyssey will provoke and reward readers across many disciplines.
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I agree with the "Chicago reader" who said this book could've used an editor, but it's one of the best poorly-written books I've read too. Read morePublished on April 25 2002 by Robert Carlberg
Love this book. A great introduction to a world of ideas and concepts about evolution and technologies that are already shaping our (near) future. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2002 by S. Miller
This is an exceptional collection of scientific ideas and discoveries. This book was a fascinating read for me. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2001 by Paul Fucich
This is a well written survey of what was then emerging technology and business concepts. However, hindsight is always 20/20 and most of what Kevin forsaw in the book failed... Read morePublished on July 5 2001
When a swarm of bees searches for a new home, it behaves like a single superorganism. Expendable scouts explore potential hive sites concurrently, dancing to communicate their... Read morePublished on May 21 2001 by Robert J. Crawford
This is the best sciency book out of the two dozen or so I've read this year. He doesn't just beat you over the head with basic knowledge in one subject. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by owookiee
This is a fascinating, well-written account of the popular notion that physics is dead and that the model for the future is biology. Read morePublished on June 1 2000 by Professor Joseph L. McCauley