Christian Long

Kevin Kelly: How Technology Evolves

In TED Talks on April 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Reflection by MATT S.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Kevin Kelly:  How Technology Evolves

At the start of this video, I was watching and listening and when Kevin was talking about not letting technology run his life, I thought for a moment. Then I realized technology runs almost every ones life. Most people who have a cell phone, or laptop, or TV let all those things run their live, I know they run mine sometimes. People need to get out more and live a little. Go running or see a movie, workout, do something. I definitely know I need to do more of that.

But this video isn’t about that. It’s about how technology evolves in its many ways and how it teaches us new things everyday.

I enjoyed it when Mr. Kelly put technology as the world and saying that organisms in this world are ‘hacks’. That a new piece of technology or species is a hack to the world. I also really like the comparison of looking at biological organisms as genes and asking the question, “What do genes want?” I believe and so does Kevin, that they want to evolve.

So Mr. Kelly broke down the trends of evolution into five categories, ubiquity, diversity, specialization, complexity and socialization. And we see this all over the world. Like his example of a hammer. There’s a general hammer and the there are more specific hammers overtime. Another thing is machines making machines, for example a car factory.

“Technology is a way to evolve the evolution.” Meaning with the newer and more sophisticated technology the more we as a person, group, city and world, evolve. Technology is an essential part of our journey in finding out who we are.


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