What Technology itself is up to

I’m interested in the way in which the mainstream media have begun to pick up on developments and ideas in the technosphere. Of course, they have a very long way to go. But they are on their way. Which is good for technology and, indeed, the rest of us. Is “technology” to be considered, as it were, one of us? Well, that’s the question raised obliquely by the title of Kevin Kelly’s much-awaited book “What Technology Wants,” previewed in this healthily quizzical NY Times blog by Robert Wright.

Wright’s blog is titled obliquely enough itself – “Building one big brain.” And as Wright notes, Kelly does say in ‘What Technology Wants’ that technology is increasingly like ‘a very complex organism that often follows its own urges.'” Hmmm. After the selfish gene, the selfish chip?


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