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This is a fabulous book. If you like technology and are interested by biological evolution, you will love this book.
It is a little dense, though.

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This is the first book I have read by this celebrated author and it has lived up to the hype. Kelly's hypothesis in the book is very simple: what technology wants is that we keep building new ways of using technology to benefit us, which in turn will drive us to develop even more new technologies.
Although the title, quite eerily, gives technology a life-like form, it is not what Kelly professes. Instead what he means is that when compared to biological systems, technological advancements are somewhat predictable, even though we are unsure of how those advancements would affect us. Comparing technological development with Darwinan evolution, Kelly says that just like the eye evolved in genetically distinct species, technologies arise independently and often simultaneously. In simple words, we would have had the light bulb with or without Edison and we would have the airplane with or without the Wright brothers.
But in building his thesis, Kelly makes sure that he does not just view the world from a technophile's perspective and gives it a balance by talking about lessons we can learn from the Amish, a group of people who refuse to adopt any modern technologies.
The narrative Kelly constructs is a powerful one. He draws on examples from all the periods of human history and makes neat comparisons with nature to convince the reader that what technology wants is to keep moving forward.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious, loves technology or wonders what the world will be in the future.
 

Review: What Technology Wants

User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

very powerful insights on why a separation between being and technology is a misconception, both in philosophy and science. The concept of technium is more than useful to understand evolution and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Book Calendar - Goodreads

What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly views technology as a natural organic living process. He calls it the technium. He views it as being part of human evolution. I found the ideas to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ninakix - Goodreads

It was suggested to me I read this book along with or directly after Steven Johnson's book, as they represented a kind of trajectory of thought. I think I would reiterate this advice to anybody who ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arjen - Goodreads

Its Kevin Kelly so he has to beat one of my favourite books, also written by him, Out Of Control. This book is not as good as OOC, which is brilliant from cover to cover. Actually, I was a bit ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Just the "big idea" type of book I was looking for. I missed it when it came out a couple of years back. Kevin Kelly takes a look at technology & society from every angle. It's obvious that he is pro ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

This book is well written, but I'm not sure I agree with the conclusions. He makes a good case for how wonderful the future will be when every inanimate object is intelligent. But I'm not sure I buy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steven Comfort - Goodreads

What Technology Wants is like his last book Out of Control in that it attempts to capture the "whole" of technology -- with strong emphasis on tech's symbiosis with biology and some non-obvious ... Read full review

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User Review  - ian kennedy - Goodreads

NYTimes piece comparing cities to living organisms is a nice primer to Kelly's introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed Kelly's unique perspective on technology as an extension of our bodies. It's not a ... Read full review


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