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Kevin Kelly’s Complexity Theory – The Politics and Ideology of Self-Organizing Systems

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Regarded as a contemporary prophet of the new technology and economy, Kevin Kelly argues that the realms of nature and human construction are becoming one. Human-made things are becoming more lifelike, and life is becoming more engineered. In this future world, control is dispersed in highly pluralistic, open, and decentralized systems. Natural, technological, economic, and social elements of the system co-evolve toward a superior, neo-biological civilization that will foster bottom-up control, coordinated change, and cooperation among all elements. The authors contest Kelly’s metaphysics of the new economy and technologies, arguing that he illicitly collapses technology and the economy into nature, using nature metaphors to legitimate the new forms of economy and organization. The authors argue that Kelly fails to factor in the logic of capital into his scenario and fails to explore the consequences of the new organization of economy and new technology for the environment and society.

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11/06/2012 at 12:30

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  3. [...] Regarded as a contemporary prophet of the new technology and economy, Kevin Kelly argues that the realms of nature and human construction are becoming one. Human-made things are becoming more lifelike, and life is becoming more engineered.  [...]

  4. if Kevin Kelly were as dumb as the authors of that paper (which is very old – 1999) then he would not be able to tie his shoelaces. It may be that he is naive about global capitalism, but he doesn’t claim to be, nor is his criticising someone else’s work. The authors are, and they seem remarkable ignorant of the basics of complexity theory/ies. self-organisation is not the same as self organisation, chaos (in a non-linear dynamical system) is not the same as chaos on the roads. Scientists humptydumpty everyday words (annoyingly hijacking words like chaos and giving them new complicated meanings) but that doesn’t mean you can just reverse the polarity and expect to be able to generate meaningful critique using the results. Gaah.

    Nevertheless thank you for finding it, I shall enjoy being annoyed by it.

    plexity

    17/06/2012 at 12:03

  5. [...] Regarded as a contemporary prophet of the new technology and economy, Kevin Kelly argues that the realms of nature and human construction are becoming one. Human-made things are becoming more lifelike, and life is becoming more engineered.  [...]


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