What Technology Wants

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What Technology Wants
What Technology Wants, Book Cover Art.jpg
AuthorKevin Kelly
SubjectsCulture, Human, Life, Technology
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)

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


The opening chapter of What Technology Wants, entitled "My Question", chronicles an early period in the author's life and conveys a sense of how he went from being a nomadic traveler with few possessions to a co-founder of Wired.[1][2]

What Technology Wants focuses on human-technology relations and argues for technology as the emerging seventh kingdom of life on earth.[3] The book invokes a giant force – the technium – which is "the greater, global, massively interconnected system of technology vibrating around us".[4]

Kevin Kelly gave a SALT talk (Seminars About Long-term Thinking) for the Long Now Foundation in November 2014 titled "Technium Unbound",[5] where he explained and expanded upon the ideas from his books What Technology Wants and Out of Control.


Kelly's book has been criticized for espousing a teleological view of biological evolution that is rejected by some scientists, and for promoting a "bizarre neo-mystical progressivism".[4]


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  1. ^ Kelly, K. (2010). What Technology Wants pp. 1-17. New York: Penguin Group.
  2. ^ Jennifer Pollock. Wired Co-Founder Kevin Kelly on 'What Technology Wants' , 7x7.com, October 24, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  3. ^ The seventh kingdom of life, Edge Foundation, Inc., July 19, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants, (New York: Penguin, 2010), 11.
  5. ^ Technium Unbound

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