Friday, July 20, 2012

Books: What Technology Wants

I just finished listening to What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, the guy who started "Wired" magazine. What an incredible book! Here's Amazon's description:

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.

In short, it's a fascinating, holistic, comprehensive philosophy of technology. Kelly covers things such as:

  • The history of technology since pre-human times
  • The history of technology from the perspective of a hydrogen atom starting at the big bang
  • How technology can be thought of as a new stage of life in the history of the universe
  • How completely dependent we are on technology for our very survival these days
  • Why a declining population a few decades from now might result in a slowdown in progress

All I can say is that I couldn't put it down, and I highly recommend it!


1 comment:

Shannon Behrens said...

I just listed to the book again, and it was just as good the second time around!