Summary [From the Viking 2010 catalog]
This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." Kelly uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course, and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.
This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts.
H+ Magazine, February 24, 2014
Review: What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, Harry J. Bentham
Download the Universe, June 22, 2012
Telegraphing What Technology Wants, John Hawks
RedWriteWeb, June 17, 2012
Reimagining Books: How Citia's iPad App Compares to a Paper Book, Richard MacManus
strategy+business, November 22, 2011
Best Business Books 2011: Technology, Michael Schrage
John Battelle's Searchblog, November 9, 2011
Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants", John Battelle
The New Republic, March 3, 2011
e-Salvation, Evgeny Morozov
Smart Mobs, January 27, 2011
What Technology Wants, Stephanie Gerson
The Nation, January 10/17, 2011
Spin Cycle: On Tim Wu and Kevin Kelly, Paul Duguid
San Francisco Chronicle, November 21, 2010
'What Technology Wants,' by Kevin Kelly, G. Pascal Zachary
Nature, November 17, 2010
Society: The rise of the 'technium', Zaheer Baber
Mind the Gap, November 14-19, 2010
Blogger Book Club IV
The Washington Post, November 12, 2010
Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants," William Rosen
The Technology Liberation Front, November 7, 2010
Book Review: Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants, Adam Thierer
The New York Times, November 5, 2010
Better All the Time, Sunday Book Review, Jerry A. Coyne
New Scientist, November 3, 2010
Machine needs: How technology is shaping humanity, Timothy Taylor
NPR, October 26, 2010
'What Technology Wants' Tracks The Tech Evolution, Susan Jane Gilman
The New York Times, October 25, 2010
Amish Hackers Tell All, Papercuts, Jennifer Schuessler
Inc., October 24, 2010
Review: What Technology Wants, Jack Covert
Fairer Globalization, October 19, 2010
Kevin Kelly on What Technology Wants, Evan O'Neil
The Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2010
Do Machines Have Minds of Their Own? Jeremy Philips
800 CEO READ, October 15, 2010
Jack Covert Selects - What Technology Wants
Innovation Watch, October 13, 2010
David Brake's Blog, October 13, 2010
Preview of Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants
boingboing, October 13, 2010
Barnes & Noble Review, October 12, 2010
The Economist, September 30, 2010
Well, what a good idea!
Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2010
Booklist Online, September 9, 2010
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2010
New York Times, December 30, 2013
The Sidney Awards, Part 2, The Opinion Pages
It's Saul Connected, February 28, 2011
What Technology Wants
Reality Sandwich, January 21, 2011
Playing the Infinite Game
The Technology Liberation Front, December 10, 2010
The 10 Most Important Info-Tech Policy Books of 2010
The Economist, December 2, 2010
Books of the Year
Frank Coyle, November 26, 2010
An Ever Expanding Web, Letters, Sunday Book Review, The New York Times
The New York Times, November 12, 2010
Editor's Choice, Sunday Book Review
Lawrence Wilkinson, November 3, 2010
"Leading horses to water," (Roughly) Daily
Alex Pasternack, October 21, 2010
"'What Technology Wants': Kevin Kelly Sees Tech as an Autonomous Being (Forget the Singularity)," Motherboard
800 CEO READ, October 15, 2010
Seth Godin, October 14, 2010
"The book of the year," Seth Godin's Blog
Marketplace, October 2010
The Big Book
Kate Wong, October 2010
"What Technology Wants," Recommended, Scientific American, 303(4), p.97
Robert Wright, July 6, 2010
"Building One Big Brain," Opinionator, The New York Times
Presentations About the Book
TEDxSF, November 16, 2010
Carnegie Council Public Affairs Program, October 18, 2010
Live from the NYPL, video by FORA.tv, October 18, 2010
with Steven Johnson, moderated by Robert Krulwich
Interviews About the Book
Tech Thinker Kevin Kelly on the Red Couch
Inside Flipboard, February 21, 2013
Patt Morrison Asks: The Possibilian, Kevin Kelly
Interview by Pat Morrison, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2011
Interview by Katelyn Beaty, Christianity Today, July 15, 2011
What Technology Wants. What Kevin Kelly Says. An interview with Kevin Kelly
Interview by R.U. Sirius, h+ Magaine, January 19, 2011
Keen On... Kevin Kelly: What Does Kevin Kelly Want? (TCTV), Part II
Interview by Andrew Keen, TechCrunch, January 19, 2011
Keen On... Kevin Kelly: What Does Kevin Kelly Want? (TCTV), Part I
Interview by Andrew Keen, TechCrunch, January 18, 2011
Interview by Erik Hansen, tompeters!, January 6, 2011
RISE #154: A Chat With Kevin Kelly On What Technology Wants & The Power Of 1,000 Fans
Interview by David Siteman Garland, The Rise To The Top, December 28, 2010
Kevin Kelly on What Technology Wants
Interview by Peter Schwartz, GBN in Conversation, December 9, 2010
Kelly on Technology and What Technology Wants
Interview by Russ Roberts, EconTalk, November 29, 2010
BG 196: The Technium
Interview by Vincent Horn, BuddhistGeeks, November 22, 2010
Part One: What Is Life? -- Science & the Search for Meaning: 5 Questions
Interview by Jim Fleming, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, November 21, 2010
TWiT Live Specials 49: Live With Kevin Kelly
Interview by Leo Laporte, November 17, 2010
Kevin Kelley Interviewed by Rick Kleffel
The Agony Column, Litseen, November 15, 2010
What Technology Wants
Interview by Jason Brown, KRCU Newsroom, November 4, 2010
Kevin Kelly On Singularity 1 on 1: Technology Doesn't Want A Singularity
Interview by Nikola Danaylov, Singularity Weblog, November 3, 2010
Evolution of Technology
In conversation with James Gardner
Interview by George Noory, Coast to Coast AM, November 2, 2010
What Technology Wants
Interview by Craig Cohen, Smart Talk, October 28, 2010
What Technology Wants
Interview by Ross Reynolds, The Conversation, October 26, 2010
Wired Co-Founder Kevin Kelly on 'What Technology Wants'
Interview by Jennifer Pollock, 7x7, October 24, 2010
Kirkus Q&A: Kevin Kelly
Interview by Devon Glenn, Kirkus Reviews, October 20, 2010
Wired magazine co-founder discusses "What Technology Wants"
Interview by Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace, October 19, 2010
Kevin Kelly on Tech: the Unabomber was Right; the Amish, too
Interview by Christopher Lydon, Radio Open Source, October 19, 2010
Kevin Kelly on technology evolving beyond us
Surprisingly Free, October 19, 2010
Interview by David Sirota, October 18, 2010 (16:08-27:15)
What Technology Wants
The Leonard Lopate Show, October 18, 2010
The Tendencies of Technology
In conversation with Nicholas Negroponte, David Kirkpatrick, and Nick Bilton
Moderated by John Hockenberry, Boston Book Festival, October 16, 2010
Kevin Kelly Tells Us What Technology Wants
Interview by Bill Frank, Brainstormin' with Billy the Brain, October 15, 2010
What Technology Wants: An interview with Kevin Kelly
Interview by David Mathison, Be The Media, October 9, 2010
Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From
Wired, Issue 18.10, September 27, 2010
Kevin Kelly on "What Technology Wants"
by David Spark, Techonomy, August 5, 2010.
Advance Praise for What Technology Wants
"More thriller than primer, this is the best technology book I have ever read."
-- Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab
"If you are interested the big picture of technology, you need to read this book."
-- Danny Hillis, designer of The 10,000-year Clock
"It isn't often that a book is so important and well crafted that I feel compelled to urge everyone to buy it and read it even though I profoundly disagree with aspects of it. What Technology Wants is the best, purest statement of one way of thinking about our era and the future. You can't understand the most important conversation of our times without reading this book."
-- Jaron Lanier, technologist, inventor
"Kevin Kelly's new book is unputdownable. It's brilliant. It's necessary."
-- Doug Coupland, author of Generation X
"This is why it is still worth our time to read books. Kevin Kelly, the clearest-eyed visionary we have about the intersection of culture and technology, has created a tour de force, a book for the ages. It will be several months before I stop bringing this book up with everyone I meet."
-- Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
"Kevin Kelly has given us a magisterial tome that should be ingested slowly and savored to the last paragraph."
-- Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence
"Unparalleled in both depth and breadth, this book is set to become a landmark in modern thinking."
-- Brian Eno, muscian and producer
"Kevin Kelly's original and unusual mind has produced an enthralling account of the living, changing `technium' in which all our lives are immersed. His conclusion is that technology's evolution is incremental, inevitable and inexorable. This is a book swarming with fresh insights.''
-- Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist
"Here you have the first theory of human history that is reliably predictive, because it extends to before and after humans. The writing is a model of lucidity."
-- Stewart Brand, Global Business Network and Whole Earth Discipline
"Kevin Kelly's thesis is spellbinding, lucid, contrary, and ever fantastic: technologies are an expression of a self-organizing universe better understood through the metaphors of biology than engineering. Read it to be startled, read it to be shaken up; read it to transform technophobia into wonder.'
-- Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest
"This is the first book that has made me accept the inevitability of our technologized future, while simultaneously making me feel hopeful about it. This is technology writing at its very best."
-- Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed
"Kevin Kelly is one of the world's best philosophers of technology, and he's again ahead of the wave with this astonishingly brilliant book. He shows how technology is an outgrowth of human life, and thus it evolves based on its own inherent desires and instincts. It expands the mind's urge toward connections and unity and, yes, toward goodness and beauty. What a cool insight, at once both useful and optimistic!"
-- Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute
"What Technology Wants is an inspiring, provocative and sweeping account of how our world works and where it's going. Kelly wants you to make choices about technology, but he also wants you to understand that technology is making choices about you. It is an extraordinary book."
-- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
"Kevin Kelly is the biggest thinker I know, and What Technology Wants is a breathtakingly big look at what technology is, what it is becoming, and what humans can do about it. It's a uniquely appealing invitation to rethink the role of technology in the world and our lives. I read it like a connoisseur must savor a rare wine because books this important and this compellingly written don't come along often."
-- Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs
"A terrific book. Kelly's guarded optimism about our technology-empowered future is infectious and persuasive. Anyone who catches a glimpse of the tomorrow presented here will want it, and move mountains to make it happen."
-- David Brin, science fiction author
"Brave Kevin Kelly says what others are too timid to admit: he sees technology as a life force, a desiring partner. In the embrace of the web that he loves, he wants to give technology what it wants and this book is his theory of its wishes. By making the strong case Kelly opens up the conversation we need to have about technology, determinism, and human choice."
-- Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Second Self
"This is no mere book about stuff. To Kevin Kelly, life is an extension of matter and energy, the fundamentals of the universe ever since the Big Bang, and technology is an extension of life. From this perspective, humans are not the ultimate but rather intermediate between the born and the made. If you want to expand your mind and way of thinking about life and the cosmos, I can think of no better book than What Technology Wants. Kelly is a master of the Big View."
-- Stan Davis, author of Future Perfect
"One of the foremost connoisseurs of technology, Kevin Kelly takes us on a wild ride into the living, pumping, networked heart of the world that has grown up around us. Through his eyes we come to see the technium as an evolving ecosystem whose genes are ideas and whose lush varieties form a seventh kingdom of life. This book will immediately become a classic guidepost for anyone wanting to navigate the strange and miraculous ecology in which we now find ourselves."
-- David Eagleman, author of SUM
"Kevin Kelly's book more than provokes thoughts--it unleashes geysers of them. This masterful treatise on how technology evolves goes far beyond the conventional hand-wringing or flag-waving to present an original and constructive vision of the world we've created and its future."
-- Steven Levy, author of The Perfect Thing and Hackers
"It's tough work predicting the future but--now that it's here grabbing us by the lapels and looking us in the face--someone's got to do it, and who better than Kevin Kelly? What Technology Wants is provocative and exciting."
-- James Gleick, author of Chaos
"We humans have achieved sentience and self-awareness via self-organizing systems, beginning with molecules and genes. Our next emerging state is what Kevin Kelly calls the "technium" -- a colossal system in which people and machines work together. The focus of What Technology Wants is on how we can work together, with our creations, to make life better for all -- humans and creations."
-- Craig Newmark, craigslist
"In What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly makes a convincing case that technological development is not merely similar to the evolutionary process -- it's an integral part of it. This is an ambitious, thought-provoking book whose bold premise will be discussed and debated for some time to come. Highly recommended."
-- Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon
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