why things bite back technology and the revenge of unintended consequences

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Why Things Bite Back

Author : Edward Tenner
ISBN : 1857025946
Genre : Technology
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This work contends that with every great advance in science and technology, there is a corresponding revenge effect. Yesterday's asbestos curtain, for example, which used to be used for protection, now implies a long-term chronic hazard. The book combines common themes from widely differing disciplines such as traffic engineering, epidemiology, ecology, social psychology, and organizational behaviour.The resulting overview offers a template for problem solving across the board - be it in business management, household matters, or how to cope with the general stress of living in the technological world.

Why Things Bite Back

Author : Edward Tenner
ISBN : 0613913922
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Explores the irony of progress in technology, including how advances in medicine, mechanics, transportation, and computers have had natural regressive consequences for society and the economy

Unintended Consequences Of Human Actions

Author : Elena Ermolaeva
ISBN : 9780761854463
Genre : Social Science
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Using a mixed-method approach, Unintended Consequences of Human Actions documents a wide range of unintended and unanticipated consequences of human actions. The major message is the urgent need to review a range of possible outcomes of human actions. During these fragile times 'looking down the road' has become imperative.

Culture Technology

Author : Jennifer Daryl Slack
ISBN : 0820450073
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Culture + Technology is an essential guide to the fascinating history of these debates, and offers new perspectives that give readers the tools they need to make informed decisions about the role of technology in our lives. In clear and compelling language, Slack and Wise untangle and expose the cultural assumptions that underlie our thinking about technology, stories so deeply held we often don't recognize their influence. The book considers the perceived inevitability of technological advance and our myths about progress. It also looks at sources of resistance to these stories from the Luddites of the 19th century to the Unabomber in our own time. Slack and Wise help readers sift through the confusions about culture and technology that arise in their own everyday lives."--BOOK JACKET.

What Technology Wants

Author : Kevin Kelly
ISBN : 9781101444467
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Inevitable— a sweeping vision oftechnology as a living force that can expand our individual potential This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He 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. Written in intelligent and accessible language, this is a fascinating, innovative, and optimistic look at how humanity and technology join to produce increasing opportunities in the world and how technology can give our lives greater meaning. From the Hardcover edition.

The Color Revolution

Author : Regina Lee Blaszczyk
ISBN : 9780262017770
Genre : Art
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"In association with the Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C."

Technological Visions

Author : Marita Sturken
ISBN : 1592132278
Genre : Social Science
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For as long as people have developed new technologies, there has been debate over the purposes, shape, and potential for their use. In this exciting collection, a range of contributors, including Sherry Turkle, Lynn Spigel, John Perry Barlow, Langdon Winner, David Nye, and Lord Asa Briggs, discuss the visions that have shaped "new" technologies and the cultural implications of technological adaptation. Focusing on issues such as the nature of prediction, community, citizenship, consumption, and the nation, as well as the metaphors that have shaped public debates about technology, the authors examine innovations past and present, from the telegraph and the portable television to the Internet, to better understand how our visions and imagination have shaped the meaning and use of technology. Author note: Marita Sturken is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright). Douglas Thomas is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is author of three books, most recently Hacker Culture. Sandra Ball-Rokeach is a Professor and Director of the Communication Technology and Community Program in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. She is author of several books, including Theories of Mass Communication (with M. L. De Fleur).

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