The upcoming Saturday is the World Book Day, and here share one of my favorite books to all UAV geeks. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World Co-Evolution of Man and Machine by Kevin Kelly. The concept the author brought out, the “hive mind” addresses how biological system handle complexity, moves over into industrial ecology and reflects the convergence of biological and technical systems. Through a vast communication network, everything seems to be closely linked.
You may already observer that more and more SOC sensor systems with compact and low-power design have been integrated into objects. They have the ability to communicate the object’s position, temperature, humidity, motion, light intensity, sound and so forth and interact with the object or even adjust the behavior of objects. This scenario is exactly how Kevin Kelly depicts. It is the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive the economy and society are so complex and autonomous to be indistinguishable from all living things. 2 billion people have access to Internet. Looking forward, 5 to 10 billion objects are going to be entered into another huge network which will tremendously change the life of human. For example, refrigerators go shopping or cars do fueling automatically, etc.Tersus GNSS was established by this inspiration.
Do you find this book and metaphors thought-provoking and entertaining? Take some time to digest if you are interested.