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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  - nmele - LibraryThing

Although I disagree with many of Kelly's points, my main reasons for giving this book only two stars are its length--was it really necessary to recap the history of the universe from the Big Bang ... Read full review

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User Review  - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing

great chapters addressing some of the valid (yes, valid) and contradictory views of Ted Kacyzinski (the Unabomber) and the Amish attitude towards technology...which had me thinking that an Amish ... Read full review

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User Review  - jasonli - LibraryThing

"What Technology Wants" posits that technology, as a whole, as a complex ecosystem, can be considered the seventh kingdom of life. Kelly manages to back this far-fetched claim with prescient examples ... Read full review

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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 the most insightful book I've read. It is a roadmap of what's ahead for civilization. If you want to have a hand in shaping the future of civilization you wil profit from reading it.

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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.
 

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So fascinating -- a sweeping, positive, and utterly original argument for the existence of "the technium." Very well done.

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Kevin Kelly proves in this book why he is the predominant technology philosopher of our age. His analysis is spot on accurate and easily grasped by laymen. This is easily the most important book I have read in the last 5 years.


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