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What Technology Wants
 
 
Author
Kevin Kelly.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780670022151
Pages/Publication Date 406/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31670
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Introducing a provocative new view of technology, this book suggests that technology as a whole is not an industrial production of wires and metal but a near-living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. The author of Out of Control and editor-at-large of Wired magazine, 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.

"Verbalizing visceral feelings about technology, whether attraction or repulsion, Kelly explores the 'technium,' his term for the globalized, interconnected stage of technological development. Arguing that the processes creating the technium are akin to those of biological evolution, Kelly devotes the opening sections of his exposition to that analogy, maintaining that the technium exhibits a similar tendency toward self-organizing complexity. Having defined the technium, Kelly addresses its discontents, as expressed by the Unabomber (although Kelly admits to trepidation in taking seriously the antitechnology screeds of a murderer) and then as lived by the allegedly technophobic Amish. From his observations and discussions with some Amish people, Kelly extracts some precepts of their attitudes toward gadgets, suggesting folk in the secular world can benefit from the Amish approach of treating tools as servants of self and society rather than as out-of-control masters. Exploring ramifications of technology on human welfare and achievement, Kelly arrives at an optimistic outlook that will interest many."Booklist

 
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