What Technology Wants

What Technology Wants

by Kevin Kelly
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What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Inevitable— a sweeping vision of technology as a living force that can expand our individual potential 


In this provocative book, one of today's most respected thinkers turns the conversation about technology on its head by viewing technology as a natural system, an extension of biological evolution. By mapping the behavior of life, we paradoxically get a glimpse at where technology is headed-or "what it wants." Kevin Kelly offers a dozen trajectories in the coming decades for this near-living system. And as we align ourselves with technology's agenda, we can capture its colossal potential. This visionary and optimistic book explores how technology gives our lives greater meaning and is a must-read for anyone curious about the future.

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ISBN-13: 9780143120179
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 558,271
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine and was its executive editor for nearly seven years, and he is the author of the bestseller New Rules for a New Economy.

Paul Boehmer is a seasoned actor who has appeared on Broadway, film, and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair and All My Children. Coinciding with another of his passions, sci-fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek.

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"...consistently provocative and intriguing."
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
In this fascinating book, Kevin Kelly, a co-founder and executive editor of Wired magazine, draws on a broad range of disciplines to make synthesizing observations about the relationship of technology to life. Unlike many contemporary writers, Kelly uses the term “technology” broadly. He isn’t just talking about the newest electronic gadgets; rather, he traces a history that reaches from chipped stone tools to the latest tech toys. Most readers will find some places where Kelly’s argument goes too far or slides past an objection, but anyone who dips into his treatise will find it compellingly written and vastly intriguing. getAbstract recommends this thought-provoking work to futurists, planners, innovators, and those interested in human nature and history.
Ravenquill More than 1 year ago
Strictly speaking, this book is more philosophy than science, but it is a grand thought experiment at that! The author argues compellingly that the progress of culture and technology are a continuation of the process of biological evolution, itself a continuation of the self-organization of matter through physical and chemical processes stretching back to the start of the universe.
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NewMommy More than 1 year ago
Kevin is a genius -- literally. I loved getting his back story. Makes reading everything else he's written even more powerful.
Prince_Jerome More than 1 year ago
Heres a great piece of work. Excellent for those new, and experienced with futurism,technological singularity, or the Technium as Kevin Kelly has referred to it as. For the full PlusUltraTech review check out our dot com site.
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