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“Humans are the reproductive organs of technology.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“...the proper response to a lousy idea is not to stop thinking. It is to come up with a better idea.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“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”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“‎What color is a chameleon placed on a mirror?
...
The chameleon responding to its own shifting image is an apt analog of the human world of fashion. Taken as a whole, what are fads but the response of a hive mind to its own reflection?
In a 21st-century society wired into instantaneous networks, marketing is the mirror; the collective consumer is the chameleon.”
Kevin Kelly, Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World
“Our mission as humans is not only to discover our fullest selves in the technium, and to find full contentment, but to expand the possibilities for others. Greater technology will selfishly unleash our talents, but it will also unselfishly unleash others: our children, and all children to come.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“Some scholars of literature claim that a book is really that virtual place your mind goes to when you are reading. It is a conceptual state of imagination that one might call “literature space.” According to these scholars, when you are engaged in this reading space, your brain works differently than when you are screening. Neurological studies show that learning to read changes the brain’s circuitry. Instead of skipping around distractedly gathering bits, when you read you are transported, focused, immersed.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“If you watch the curve of science and everything we know, it shoots up like a rocket. We’re on this rocket and we’re going perfectly vertical into the stars. But the emotional intelligence of humankind is equally if not more important than our intellectual intelligence. We’re just as emotionally illiterate as we were 5,000 years ago; so emotionally our line is completely horizontal. The problem is the horizontal and the vertical are getting farther and farther apart. And as these things grow apart, there’s going to be some kind of consequence of that.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“The smallest thought could not exist unless the entire universe and the laws of physics were in some way encouraging it.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“We are morphing so fast that our ability to invent new things outpaces the rate we can civilize them.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“As a practical matter I’ve learned to seek the minimum amount of technology for myself that will create the maximum amount of choices for myself and others. The cybernetician Heinz von Foerster called this approach the Ethical Imperative, and he put it this way: “Always act to increase the number of choices.” The way we can use technologies to increase choices for others is by encouraging science, innovation, education, literacies, and pluralism. In my own experience this principle has never failed: In any game, increase your options.      ”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“The kind of intelligent book club discussion as now happens on the book sharing site Goodreads might follow the book itself and become more deeply embedded into the book via hyperlinks. So when a person cites a particular passage, a two-way link connects the comment to the passage and the passage to the comment. Even a minor good work could accumulate a wiki-like set of critical comments tightly bound to the actual text.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. This is a race with the machines. You’ll be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots. Ninety percent of your coworkers will be unseen machines.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Now imagine these choices pinned on a slider bar. On the left side of the slot is the pair personal/transparent. On the right side is the pair private/generic. The slider can slide to either side or anywhere in between. The slider is an important choice we have. Much to everyone’s surprise, though, when technology gives us a choice (and it is vital that it remain a choice), people tend to push the slider all the way over to the personal/transparent side. They’ll take transparent personalized sharing. No psychologist would have predicted that 20 years ago. If today’s social media has taught us anything about ourselves as a species, it is that the human impulse to share overwhelms the human impulse for privacy. This has surprised the experts. So far, at every juncture that offers a choice, we’ve tilted, on average, toward more sharing, more disclosure, more transparency. I would sum it up like this: Vanity trumps privacy.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“we’ve been redefining what it means to be human. Over the past 60 years, as mechanical processes have replicated behaviors and talents we thought were unique to humans, we’ve had to change our minds about what sets us apart. As we invent more species of AI, we will be forced to surrender more of what is supposedly unique about humans. Each step of surrender—we are not the only mind that can play chess, fly a plane, make music, or invent a mathematical law—will be painful and sad. We’ll spend the next three decades—indeed, perhaps the next century—in a permanent identity crisis, continually asking ourselves what humans are good for. If we aren’t unique toolmakers, or artists, or moral ethicists, then what, if anything, makes us special? In the grandest irony of all, the greatest benefit of an everyday, utilitarian AI will not be increased productivity or an economics of abundance or a new way of doing science—although all those will happen. The greatest benefit of the arrival of artificial intelligence is that AIs will help define humanity. We need AIs to tell us who we are.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“While anonymity can be used to protect heroes, it is far more commonly used as a way to escape responsibility.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Not only did we fail to imagine what the web would become, we still don’t see it today. We are oblivious to the miracle it has blossomed into. Twenty years after its birth the immense scope of the web is hard to fathom. The total number of web pages, including those that are dynamically created upon request, exceeds 60 trillion. That’s almost 10,000 pages per person alive. And this entire cornucopia has been created in less than 8,000 days.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“the laws of nature are rigged in favor of life.” In this view, “life emerges from a soup in the same dependable way that a crystal emerges from a saturated solution,”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“A universal law of economics says the moment something becomes free and ubiquitous, its position in the economic equation suddenly inverts. When nighttime electrical lighting was new and scarce, it was the poor who burned common candles. Later, when electricity became easily accessible and practically free, our preference flipped and candles at dinner became a sign of luxury. In”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Humans are the reproductive organs of technology. We multiply manufactured artifacts and spread ideas and memes.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“As a tool, evolution is good for three things: How to get somewhere you want but can't find the route to. How to get to somewhere you can't imagine. How to open up entirely new places to get to”
Kevin Kelly, Bootstrapping Complexity
“Every self is an argument trying to prove its identity”
Kevin Kelly, Bootstrapping Complexity
“At the rate AI technology is improving, a kid born today will rarely need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis by the time they are an adult.” Medicine”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“If AI can help humans become better chess players, it stands to reason that it can help us become better pilots, better doctors, better judges, better teachers.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“robust intelligence may be a liability—especially if by “intelligence” we mean our peculiar self-awareness, all our frantic loops of introspection and messy currents of self-consciousness. We want our self-driving car to be inhumanly focused on the road, not obsessing over an argument it had with the garage.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“The web holds about a trillion pages. The human brain holds about a hundred billion neurons. Each biological neuron sprouts synaptic links to thousands of other neurons, while each web page on average links to 60 other pages. That adds up to a trillion “synapses” between the static pages on the web. The human brain has about 100 times that number of links—but brains are not doubling in size every few years. The global machine is.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“A world without discomfort is utopia. But it is also stagnant. A world perfectly fair in some dimensions would be horribly unfair in others. A utopia has no problems to solve, but therefore no opportunities either.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Equilibrium is dead,”
Kevin Kelly, Bootstrapping Complexity
“You’ll simply plug into the grid and get AI as if it was electricity. It will enliven inert objects, much as electricity did more than a century past.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Evolution doesn't care about what makes sense; it cares about what works”
Kevin Kelly, Bootstrapping Complexity
“Over the next three decades, scholars and fans, aided by computational algorithms, will knit together the books of the world into a single networked literature. A reader will be able to generate a social graph of an idea, or a timeline of a concept, or a networked map of influence for any notion in the library. We’ll come to understand that no work, no idea stands alone, but that all good, true, and beautiful things are ecosystems of intertwined parts and related entities, past and present.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

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