Kevin Kelly on “Technology”
Feb 23, 2010
Take a 17-minute TED break. TED Talks are a good break from our Twitterized days. Take Kevin Kelly’s history of technology, posted this month from a November talk. I like a couple of the definitions of technology Kelly offers: Alan Kay: “Anything that was invented after you were born.” Danny Hills: “Anything that doesn’t work yet.” My own sense is that technology is now a multiplier in our lives: multiplying work, multiplying pleasure. Kelly takes a longer view, back to our ancestors’ first hunter-gatherer tools and poses some good questions where tech is taking us. Good new concept: Exotrophy — the opposite of entropy. The self-organized ability of the world to build, re-build itself.