What Technology Wants

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Penguin, Oct 14, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 416 pages
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Inevitable— a sweeping vision oftechnology as a living force that can expand our individual potential 


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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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

I ended up liking this book a lot more that I expected to. The first half of the book is dedicated to setting forward an argument that I find interesting, but Kelly isn't the person who can make it ... Read full review

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User Review  - rachelgatwood - LibraryThing

This book is full of big, exciting ideas. Maybe a little too big and too exciting. Kevin Kelly is obviously a smart and careful thinker, but he's dealing with multiple disciplines outside of his own ... Read full review

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Contents

My Question
1
Inventing Ourselves
21
History of the Seventh Kingdom
43
The Rise of Exotropy
57
IMPERATIVES
67
Deep Progress
73
Ordained Becoming
103
Convergence
131
1O The Unabomber Was Right
191
Lessons of Amish Hackers
217
Seeking Conviviality
239
DiREctions
246
Technologys Trajectories
269
Playing the Infinite Game
347
Acknowledgments
361
Source Notes
367

Listen to the Technology
157
Choosing the Inevitable
175

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About the author (2010)

Kevin Kelly, author of the acclaimed Out of Control (called "required reading for all executives" by Fortune) is editor-at-large of Wired magazine. He has been involved in such cultural innovations as The Hacker's Conference and The Well. He lives in the Bay Area.

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