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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
“A good question is not concerned with a correct answer. A good question cannot be answered immediately. A good question challenges existing answers. A good question is one you badly want answered once you hear it, but had no inkling you cared before it was asked. A good question creates new territory of thinking. A good question reframes its own answers. A good question is the seed of innovation in science, technology, art, politics, and business. A good question is a probe, a what-if scenario. A good question skirts on the edge of what is known and not known, neither silly nor obvious. A good question cannot be predicted. A good question will be the sign of an educated mind. A good question is one that generates many other good questions. A good question may be the last job a machine will learn to do. A good question is what humans are for.  •”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“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
“‎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
“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.” Indeed,”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“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
“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
“When copies are free, you need to sell things that cannot be copied. Well, what can’t be copied? Trust, for instance.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“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
“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.”
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
“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
“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
“In fact, the business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI. Find something that can be made better by adding online smartness to it. An”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“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
“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
“Humans are the reproductive organs of technology. We multiply manufactured artifacts and spread ideas and memes.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
“Evolution doesn't care about what makes sense; it cares about what works”
Kevin Kelly, Bootstrapping Complexity
“The link and the tag may be two of the most important inventions of the last 50 years. You”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“A lack of responsibility unleashes the worst in us. There’s”
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
“Ironically, the best questions are not questions that lead to answers, because answers are on their way to becoming cheap and plentiful. A good question is worth a million good answers. A”
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
“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 are, and will remain, perpetual newbies. We”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Editorship and expertise are like vitamins for the food. You don’t need much of them, just a trace even for a large body. Too much will be toxic, or just flushed away. The”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“Simon’s insight is often reduced to “In a world of abundance, the only scarcity is human attention.”
Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
“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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