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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Kevin Kelly -- New Rules for the New Economy (A small excerpt of a read worth bookmarking)

We are connecting everything to everything.

When we permit any object to transmit a small amount of data and to receive input from its neighborhood, we change an inert object into an animated node.

Dumb parts, properly constituted into a swarm, yield smart results.

The surest way to smartness is through massive dumbness.

The aim of swarm power is superior performance in a turbulent environment.

Complete surrender to the bottom is not what embracing swarm power is about.

Without some element of governance from the top, bottom-up control will freeze when options are many. Without some element of leadership, the many at the bottom will be paralysed with choices.

At present there is far more to be gained by pushing the boundaries of what can be done by the bottom than by focusing on what can be done at the top.

The great benefits reaped by the new economy in the coming decades will be due in large part to exploring and exploiting the power of decentralised and autonomous networks.


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