What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

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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.

About Kevin Kelly

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KEVIN KELLY helped launch Wired magazine and was its executive editor for nearly seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. His previous books include Out of Control and the bestselling New Rules for a New Economy. He lives in Pacifica, California.
Published October 14, 2010 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Wired founding editor Kelly (Asia Grace, 2002, etc.) attempts to balance a clear-eyed overview of the rise of technology and its place with a grand statement about what it all means.

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For the former editor of Wired magazine, technology is like a living organism, animated by the same evolutionary forces that shaped the human brain.

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Having started off with a provocative observation about the quasi-human needs and behavior of the technium, Mr. Kelly ends up delivering a message about technology that is surprisingly banal.

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Huffington Post

She had what Frans Johansson dubs a click moment.

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Inside Higher Ed

That way, in book stores I could build my book social network of "want to read" books by snapping pictures, and instantly see who else in my network is reading the book.

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The Paris Review

TAGS art, interviews, Isak Dinesen, Isak Dinesen's Art: The Gayety of Vision, Karen Blixen, Out of Africa, painting, Robert Woodrow Langbaum, the art of fiction, writers at work.

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And though it's not specifically about business, the inevitability of change is why you should pick up Kevin Kelly's latest book, What Technology Wants.Kevin Kelly has written big idea books before, most notably Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World, wh...

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Nonetheless, my appearance at a student Q & A yesterday prompted a reappraisal:.

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