Thursday, April 15, 2010
Title: Why things bite back: technology and the revenge of unintended consequences
By: Edward Tenner
If the words “we’re upgrading our phone system” make you go “uh-oh,” you’re ready for this book. Tenner is no technophobe. But his scientific bent leads him to wonder whether the claims made for various time- and labor-saving gizmos are accurate. Do devices free us, or complicate our lives? Do they save money, or cost us in new ways? Unsurprisingly, there’s no simple answer. But the vagaries of the human/technology interface make for a fascinating book.
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