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  - 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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User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

Kevin Kelly outlines a view of technology that is simultaneously mystic and grounded. Technology, or as he refers to it as "the technium" is a natural progression of the universe. It is the next step ... 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 Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just finished a book for Viking/Penguin called "What Technology Wants," published October 18, 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.

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