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Verbalizing visceral feelings about technology, whether attraction or repulsion, Kelly explores the “technium,” his term for the globalized, interconnected stage of technological development. Arguing that the processes creating the technium are akin to those of biological evolution, Kelly devotes the opening sections of his exposition to that analogy, maintaining that the technium exhibits a similar tendency toward self-organizing complexity. Having defined the technium, Kelly addresses its discontents, as expressed by the Unabomber (although Kelly admits to trepidation in taking seriously the antitechnology screeds of a murderer) and then as lived by the allegedly technophobic Amish. From his observations and discussions with some Amish people, Kelly extracts some precepts of their attitudes toward gadgets, suggesting folk in the secular world can benefit from the Amish approach of treating tools as servants of self and society rather than as out-of-control masters. Exploring ramifications of technology on human welfare and achievement, Kelly arrives at an optimistic outlook that will interest many, coming, as it does, from the former editor of Wired magazine. --Gilbert Taylor
The premise of an email being organic and that technology can involve being employed by a bacterium are fascinating concepts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom D
Text written from the perspective of someone who is clearly biased. Not at all surprising from a Sociologist but disappointing that it was so apparent throughout the entire body... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Gaumond
Great, well researched and thoughtful look at our past and future trajectory.Published 3 months ago by Brian M.
Here we have the compendium of the trend of 'technology', and what this trend means is more than almost any reader can guess...Published 3 months ago by DClaussen
A great book that will really blow your mind and will stick with you for years. I look at technology as a whole quite differently after reading Kelly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book Enthusiast
Very insightful in many big picture ways. I have others reading it.Published 5 months ago by Daniel R. Christensen
Kelly presents a fairly well-rounded and thoughtful argument regarding the direction of technology and the role it does (and should) play in our lives. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Garrett Mccutcheon
Most likely, one of the best books out there for the philosophy of technology!Published 9 months ago by Vladimir Lugo