What Technology Wants

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What Technology Wants
Paperback Edition
Author Kevin Kelly
Language English
Subject Culture, Human, Life, Technology
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 416
ISBN 978-0-670-02215-1

What Technology Wants is a 2010 nonfiction book by Kevin Kelly focused on technology as an extension of life.


In his young adulthood Kelly spent many years traveling remote parts of the developing world, an experience which helped inform his perspective on what he has coined the technium.[1]

The opening chapter of What Technology Wants entitled "My Question" chronicles this period in Kelly's life and gives the reader a sense of how Kelly went from being a nomadic traveler with few possessions to a co-founder of Wired.[2][3]

Kelly focuses on human-technology relations and argues for the existence of technology as the emerging seventh kingdom of life on earth.[4] What Technology Wants offers the anthropomorphic conception that technology is one giant force – the technium – which Kelly describes as "...a word to designate the greater, global, massively interconnected system of technology vibrating around us".[5]


  • My Question

Part 1 - Origins[edit]

  • Inventing Ourselves
  • History of the Seventh Kingdom
  • The Rise of Exotropy

Part 2 - Imperatives[edit]

  • Deep Progress
  • Ordained Becoming
  • Convergence
  • Listen to the Technology
  • Choosing the Inevitable

Part 3 - Choices[edit]

  • The Unabomber Was Right
  • Lessons of Amish Hackers
  • Seeking Conviviality

Part 4 - Directions[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Technium at kk.org. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Kelly, K. (2010). What Technology Wants pp. 1-17. New York: Penguin Group.
  3. ^ Jennifer Pollock. Wired Co-Founder Kevin Kelly on 'What Technology Wants' , 7x7.com, October 24, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  4. ^ The seventh kingdom of life, Edge Foundation, Inc., July 19, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Jerry A. Coyne. Better All the Time, The New York Times Book Review, November 5, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2011.

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