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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Kelly Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400188857
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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 proaction 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A sharp-eyed study of our abiding need for cars, computers and gadgets. The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J. | 2/14/2014

    " Very interesting book. I enjoyed it. Pretty hardcore nerdy philosophy. Kelly puts forth the theory that all human technologies ("the technium") have an intrinsic order to them. Talks about "the singularity", the acceleration of computational power, our place in the universe, and "what technology wants". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/12/2014

    " Really fascinating. Kelly compares advances in technology to evolution. Interesting to think about the implications of the technologies we use and how we can make the best use of them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yankey | 2/8/2014

    " Ugh. I don't often give up on a book so early but this guy really pushed my off button. In the opening statements he made sure to state how brilliant he was and that he was even smarter than the rest of us from the time he was 10 years old. Yes, this 10 year old could forsee mans enslavement to technology. He reasons that because he can live bumming across country on a bike and yearns to live like the omish that the rest of us are imbiciles. What a bomb. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/30/2014

    " Had to return to ILL. Not worth renewing. Overly optimistic and very laborious. Did raise some interesting questions and discussion, though. Definitely worth a skim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/19/2014

    " Technology is an extension of life, of this crazy self-organizing tendency of the universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard MacManus | 1/16/2014

    " Ambitious, expansive book by one of my favorite tech futurists, Kevin Kelly. It covers everything from The Big Bang Theory to evolution to AI and more. Very thought-provoking, highly recommend anyone involved in the tech scene read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Sanders | 11/17/2013

    " Mind-blowing. You'll never be the same after reading this book. I can't recommend it enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 11/17/2013

    " Found the section on how the Amish engage technology fascinating . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny | 7/23/2013

    " Book is filled with fascinating details about evolution and the rise of technology. I can't go all the way in agreement with the author's conclusions, but it was a fun and enlightening read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Murray | 5/5/2013

    " Thought provoking and expansive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurtis Knapp | 1/1/2013

    " As brilliant as expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Thompson | 12/12/2012

    " if you were into "concept" and "theory" in school and are interested in technology and/or sociology, this is a pretty interesting read. i think it will seem very dated in about 10 years, but for now, it's fairly fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheval Force | 10/1/2012

    " With the caveat of hating the use of quotes by the Uni-bomber, this was a thoughtful read, full of data to use in surprising way. Great for book club and for long ride with engineering husband. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeb | 8/19/2012

    " I never got engaged or intrigued by the points that the author was trying to make, so I just gave up. I have better things to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Grossman | 2/21/2012

    " Arguments seemed contrived to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 4/21/2011

    " I wanted to like it. I really did at first, too. It's an interesting blend of sociology and biology and technology and chemistry.

    Unfortunately, it just drug on and on till I gave up...and I wasn't even half way through.

    I would love an abridged version, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 adam | 4/9/2011

    " could have had better argumentative style, but interesting concepts overall "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 4/2/2011

    " Ambitious, expansive book by one of my favorite tech futurists, Kevin Kelly. It covers everything from The Big Bang Theory to evolution to AI and more. Very thought-provoking, highly recommend anyone involved in the tech scene read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 3/13/2011

    " This has given me a new perspective on how to view technology, and how I consider its use in my daily life. I read this in parallel to reading Guns, Germs, and Steel, and almost felt as though I was reading the same book. "

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About the Author
Author Kevin Kelly

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 books include Out of Control and the bestselling New Rules for a New Economy. Kelly lives in Pacifica, California.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.