What Technology Wants (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 14, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 416 pages
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A refreshing view of technology as a living force in the world.

This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed. This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts. Written in intelligent and accessible language, this is a fascinating, innovative, and optimistic look at how humanity and technology join to produce increasing opportunities in the world and how technology can give our lives greater meaning.

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Jawdropping. Kelly's perspective is vast, comprehensive, incisive. You will not look at the world the same way after reading this book. I highly recommend it.

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This is a most fantastic explanation and imagining of technology as a historical force and a living organism and how it affects humanity. This book blew my mind more than once. 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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