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Radical Technologies by Adam  Greenfield
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it was amazing
bookshelves: technology, non-fiction

“the purpose of a system is what it does.”

When in the concluding chapter Greenfield invokes Stafford Beer with the above quote, all the preceding chapters click into place and it is marvellous.

With great patience and care, Greenfield walks us through the smartphone, IoT, AR, 3D printing, cryptocurrency, the blockchain, automation, machine learning and finally, general artificial intelligence—showing how each works in great detail while steering clear of technical jargon. And more importantly, showing how each has conditioned everyday life to become radically different from what it was before.

At the very end, Greenfield insists that “people with left politics of any stripe absolutely cannot allow their eyes to glaze over when the topic of conversation turns to technology.” He is absolutely right—and this is probably the best single volume I have come across thus far that can serve as a field guide for radical technologists willing to take up his challenge.
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Reading Progress

February 22, 2017 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
February 22, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read (Kindle Edition)
February 22, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction (Kindle Edition)
September 19, 2017 – Shelved
September 19, 2017 – Shelved as: technology
September 19, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
September 19, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 26, 2018 – Started Reading
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April 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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