Why Things Bite Back: Technology And The Revenge Of Unintended Consequences (Vintage)
Why Things Bite Back: Technology And The Revenge Of Unintended Consequences (Vintage)
Why Things Bite Back: Technology And The Revenge Of Unintended Consequences (Vintage)
Vintage

Why Things Bite Back: Technology And The Revenge Of Unintended Consequences (Vintage)

  • Publish Date: 1997-09-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Edward Tenner

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In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls revenge effects --the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the progressive, improvement-obsessed modern age. Tenner shows why our confidence in technological solutions may be misplaced, and explores ways in which we can better survive in a world where despite technology's advances--and often because of them-- reality is always gaining on us. For anyone hoping to understand the ways in which society and technology interact, Why Things Bite Back is indispensable reading. A bracing critique of technological determinism in both its utopian and dystopian forms...No one who wants to think clearly about our high-tech future can afford to ignore this book. --Jackson Lears, Wilson Quarterly


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