Of all the animals that we have domesticated, the most important animal that we've domesticated has been us.— Kevin Kelly
The most unforgettable Kevin Kelly quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
A brain is a society of very small, simple modules that cannot be said to be thinking, that are not smart in themselves. But when you have a network of them together, out of that arises a kind of smartness.
Species go extinct because there are historical contraints built into a given body or a given design.
A single thread of self generation ties the cosmos, the bios, and the technos together into one creation. Humans are not the culmination of this trajectory but an intermediary, smack in the middle between the born and the made... The arc of complexity and open-ended creation in the last four billion years is nothing compared to what lies ahead.
Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.
Willingness to learn is important, but willingness to act on what you learn is critical.
Singularity is the point at which "all the change in the last million years will be superseded by the change in the next five minutes."
Humans are the reproductive organs of technology.
We multiply manufactured artifacts and spread ideas and memes.
Travel is the most intense mode of learning.
Extrapolated, technology wants what life wants: Increasing efficiency Increasing opportunity Increasing emergence Increasing complexity Increasing diversity Increasing specialization Increasing ubiquity Increasing freedom Increasing mutualism Increasing beauty Increasing sentience Increasing structure Increasing evolvability
How do entrepreneurs survive their early failures? They don't view their failures as failures - they view these experiences as feedback, and a prelude to future success.
All these computers, all these handhelds, all these cell phones, all these laptops, all these servers - what we're getting out of all these connections is we're getting one machine. ... We're constructing a single, global machine.
Life is the ultimate technology. Machine technology is a temporary surrogate for life technology. As we improve our machines they will become more organic, more biological, more like life, because life is the best technology for living.
A complaint is a unique opportunity to strengthen the relationship with the client.
One of the functions of an organization, of any organism, is to anticipate the future, so that those relationships can persist over time.
The way that organizations and organisms anticipate the future is by taking signals from the past, most the time.
Technology is all the accumulated usefulness that our minds invent.
Softball isn't just a game it's away of life.
The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.
Each system is trying to anticipate change in the environment.
Organisms by their design are not made to adapt too far.
It's more along the lines of raising a child: we train the system to a certain range of behaviors that we find most useful. But then we let it go, because we don't want to have to be babysitting it the whole time.
The way to build a complex system that works is to build it from very simple systems that work.
Much of outcomes research is a systematic attempt to exploit what is known and make it better.
When a system is in turbulence, the turbulence is not just out there in the environment, but is a part of the organization or organism that you are looking at.
But in a turbulent environment the change is so widespread that it just routes around any kind of central authority. So it is best to manage the bottom-up change rather than try to institute it from the top down.
An organization's reason for being, like that of any organism, is to help the parts that are in relationship to each other, to be able to deal with change in the environment.
Managers tend to treat organizations as if they are infinitely plastic.
They hire and fire, merge, downsize, terminate programs, add capacities. But there are limits to the shifts that organizations can absorb.
An organization is a set of relationships that are persistent over time.
The smallest thought could not exist unless the entire universe and the laws of physics were in some way encouraging it.
My major goal in business was to learn.
I had legislated in my mind for failure the worse possible scenario was I would learn a lot regardless of the outcome. This goal was the foundation for success of the business. Peldi, Balsamiq
In the context of your dreams,knowledge will always gives you enough reasons not to act. Act regardless and execute xceptionally
It's generally much easier to kill an organization than to change it substantially.
Well, here's what you can do, and that's about it.
In 2007, Stanford Business School Advisory committee asserted that self awareness was the most important attribute a leader should develop. The challenge for the modern entrepreneur is to take that path.
Nobody is as smart as everybody.
The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention.
The current understanding was that it was impossible to predict how something would evolve because it was a very turbulent environment full of things interacting with each other.
Our society lacks a feedback loop for controlling technology: a way to gauge intended effects from actual effects later on
The daily grinding of evolution, as accelerated by technology, churns out more and more complex organisms, with higher rates of energy use, and with increasing specialization. Minds are the ideal way to express complexity, energy density, increasing specialization, expanding diversity -- all in one system. Mindedness is what evolution produces. Mindedness is what technology wants, too.
Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex.
The great advance of personal computers was not the computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face, that you had control over it, that were confronted with it and could steer it.
Each organism's environment, for the most part, consists of other organisms.
Clearly, we are self-made. We are the first technology. We are part inventor and part the invented
Technology is anything that was invented after you were born.
We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work.
The most interesting thing about change in the environment is that for the most part the environment isn't changing.
Basins of attraction, of self organization, show up as well in our complex social environment, in human organizations. Here again, while we cannot predict the result of any given input, we can say that it will likely fall within one of several areas.
Your greatest job is shedding what you don't have to do.
What technology is really about is better ways to evolve.
That is what we call an 'infinite game.' ... A finite game is played to win, and an infinite game is played to keep playing.
The organization and the environment are in concert.
We tend to think of the mind of an organization residing in the CEO and the organization's top managers, perhaps with the help of outside consultants that they call in. But that is not really how an organization thinks.