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Radio Berkman 172: The Evolutionary Biases of the Technium

December 16th, 2010

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The idea that technology could want something seems kind of outlandish, almost like science fiction. But journalist Kevin Kelly is proposing a kind of technological self-determination in his new book What Technology Wants.

It’s not exactly robots with souls that Kelly is suggesting. It’s more of an evolutionary theory of technological development, the idea that one technology naturally evolves from another. That the mobile phone, for instance, was an inevitable evolution from the telephone, or that the internet we know today was an inevitable next step from the spread of the networked PC.

Well, not exactly inevitable. Best listen to David Weinberger’s interview with Kevin Kelly to hear him explain it himself.

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Reference Section
Find Kevin Kelly and his book
Listen to Kevin Kelly’s discussion with Steven Johnson and Radio Lab’s Robert Krulwich

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  • 1. Kenny Mann  |  January 8th, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Thank you, David Weinberger, for asking Kevin exactly those questions; giving him the chance to make just those points.

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