What Technology Wants

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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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User Review  - Charlene - Goodreads

I was a bit skeptical about spending the time investment for this book when I read Wikipedia's description of Kelly, which included "born again Christian." I thought maybe he was attempting to promote ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kyle - Goodreads

Kelly paints an interesting and optimistic painting of technology as a whole (referred to by him as the technium). The historical and factual components of the book were engaging, offering insight ... 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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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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