What Technology Wants (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 14, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 416 pages
29 Reviews
"More thriller than primer, this is the best technology book I have ever read." -Nicholas Negroponte, author of Being Digital

In this provocative book, one of today's most respected thinkers turns the conversation about technology on its head by viewing technology as a natural system, an extension of biological evolution. By mapping the behavior of life, we paradoxically get a glimpse at where technology is headed-or "what it wants." Kevin Kelly offers a dozen trajectories in the coming decades for this near-living system. And as we align ourselves with technology's agenda, we can capture its colossal potential. This visionary and optimistic book explores how technology gives our lives greater meaning and is a must-read for anyone curious about the future.


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User Review  - Joshua Kriesberg - Goodreads

I read this book after reading Sherry Turkle's "Alone Together". Sherry Turkle's concern about technology isn't dismissed by Kelly, but he paints a far more upbeat portrayal of our future or, at least ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom Tresansky - Goodreads

Pretty awful. Full of faulty logic, Strawmen, overgeneralizations, and rhetorical questions that just make you want to scream "No, not always!" I liked the chapter on the Amish, that was full of ... Read full review

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Scenario 1
Scenario 3
1 Anticipation
2 Continual Assessment
5 Not Prohibition but Redirection
1 My Question
2 Inventing Ourselves
3 History of the Seventh Kingdom
4 The Rise of Exotropy
5 Deep Progress
6 Ordained Becoming
7 Convergence
8 Listen to the Technology

9 Choosing the Inevitable
10 The Unabomber Was Right
11 Lessons of Amish Hackers
12 Seeking Conviviality
13 Technologys Trajectories
14 Playing the Infinite Game

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About the author (2010)

Kevin Kelly is the cofounder of Wired magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. His previous books include the bestselling New Rules for the New Economy.

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