August 7, 2007

It's a Big Machine

Wired editor-at-large Kevin Kelly, a sane and insightful man, looks at technology through the eyes of technology.

Well worth the 20 minutes it takes to listen to.

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If you don't know Kevin Kelly, I can recommend his Cool Tools, True Films and especially The Technium (Click the archive links on the left).

Posted by Vanderleun at August 7, 2007 10:43 AM
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Much obliged to you for the link(s) to Kevin Kelly. This is truly the best of the web. Your evolving M.O. since your stint at Pajamas Media seems exquisitely keyed to bringing this and other notable items to the attention of your audience, making the cream rise to the top, so to speak. I especially found resonance with my own thinking in Kelly's article "The Evolutionary Mind of God", linked in your side bar. His contribution is, in my opinion, truly revolutionary. I don't know if I would have ever run across it without you. Thanks.

Posted by: John Hinds at August 7, 2007 3:49 PM

Comparing a transister to a neuron is like comparing a lever to an F22. It's a flawed analogy that shows a profound ignorance of the complexity in structure and function of the item the simpler one is being compared to.

Even a skin cell processes more information on a minute by minute basis than most personal computers do. Now consider neurons, which are so dedicated to information processing they need to have their food "pre-digested" otherwise they would literally starve. We are just starting to learn how neurons process information. This means we have no meaningful model for how the brain works, only wildly inaccurate speculation.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at August 7, 2007 8:17 PM