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
2010
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.

Summary[edit]

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]

Sections[edit]

  • 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]

Editions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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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