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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 Boehme Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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his 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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