Evgeny Morozov's review of Keven Kelly's book, "What Technology Wants", makes some challenging points. And then concludes thus:
The main reason why Kelly wrote What Technology Wants became clear to me only after I looked at his review of his own book, which was conveniently published on one of his blogs:
Taken together these giga-trends inform the development of technology investment and the choice technological expressions today. These “wants” of technology provide a long-horizon framework for businessyour business. I’ll be doing as many talks at companies and organizations about “what technology wants” as I can in the coming months."
Kelly is not the first technology guru to make a living by selling advice to corporations. But it is hard to imagine the previous generation of serious thinkers about technologythe likes of Jacques Ellul and Lewis Mumford and John Deweymoonlighting as corporate advisers to Danone and Halliburton.
Kelly responds here:
In fact I did about 100 talks on the book and not one was a paid talk. I paid my travel expenses for most of these talks out of my own pocket. My motivation as an author would be familiar to Morozov as author of his own book: to disseminate ideas as widely as possible. If the state of my generosity is an important point in Morozov's review (and it seems to be), he or TNR may want to add an update and correction to reflect the facts.
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