9780670022151

What Technology Wants

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  • ISBN13:

    9780670022151

  • ISBN10:

    0670022152

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/14/2010
  • Publisher: Viking Adult

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

My Questionp. 1
Origins
Inventing Ourselvesp. 21
History of the Seventh Kingdomp. 43
The Rise of Exotropyp. 57
Imperatives
Deep Progressp. 73
Ordained Becomingp. 103
Convergencep. 131
Listen to the Technologyp. 157
Choosing the Inevitablep. 175
Choices
The Unabomber Was Rightp. 191
Lessons of Amish Hackersp. 217
Seeking Convivialityp. 239
Directions
Technology's Trajectoriesp. 269
Playing the Infinite Gamep. 347
Acknowledgmentsp. 361
Annotated Reading Listp. 363
Source Notesp. 367
Indexp. 391
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