Why Things Bite Back has ratings and 48 reviews. Mero said: Edward Tenner’s book is rather dated by now (!), but in everything but its discussion.. . Edward Tenner’s Why Things Bite Back examines technology in medicine, agriculture and the environment, the computerized office, and sports. A historian of. “No one is safe from Mr. Tenner’s analytical eye. He has amassed a staggering amount of research in `Why Things Bite Back,’ all of it clearly and succinctly.
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Edward Tenner’s “Why Things Bite Back” (Dec)
For example, although antibiotics have reduced deaths caused by common bacteria, it has actually wyh many superbugs that have become immune to them. Edward Tenner is the author of Our Own Devices and Why Things Bite Backformer college teacher and executive editor in book publishing, now an independent writer and speaker on technology and society and contributor to major newspapers, magazines, and web sites.
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And Chester Carlson, the inventor, was a patent attorney. Avoiding unpredictable and dangerous consequences is not likely unless we all become Luddites. This book is a bit old, but did not feel dated to me except when discussing computer operating systems — Windows 95 — and hardware, of course, or making casual references to the Twin Towers. Well, technology to the rescue. But something else happened in the early s, and that was that there was a mysterious epidemic of failures of tape drives all over the United States.
Edwarv Paige typesetter had 18, parts. All this has been told many times before Tenner; technophobic thought goes all the way to Plato, who argued in some dialogue that writing ruined memorization, if not earlier. It is an informative collection of instances in which new technologies, upon their adoption, have been found to result in unintended consequences. While the book is a little dated, its basic wyh is still valid.
About Why Things Bite Back 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 edwward, 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.
I’m pretty sure Stephen King already turned this concept into a horror novel, yet as is often thingd case, reality is a little scarier. And he also discusses things I’ve learned about in different contexts, like the You know the old saw.
And IBM, which made them, just didn’t know what to do. Dec 11, Jeremy rated it it was ok Shelves: The point is to alleviate suffering, not toil. I’d recommend reading this in conjunction with Duncan Watts’s more contemporary “Everything is Obvious Once You Know the Answer ” bitd explores similar ground, but instead focuses on how we often finger point to the clever “culprits,” accusing them of creating the blow-back.
Edward Tenner – Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
biet Apr 26, Margaret Sankey rated it liked it. First of all, worse nutrition, maybe shorter life spans. Unfortunately, he was smitten in more ways than one, because it made him bankrupt, and he had to tour the world speaking to recoup his money.
Penicillin was discovered inbut even byno commercially and medically useful quantities of it were being produced. Tenner discusses the “revenge effect” – where improvements in technology cause related problems – such as building seawalls to protect beachfront property causing the property on the edges of the seawall to erode even more quickly. Tenner is silent on this matter and offers no good or coherent explanatory framework, which is a shame considering the title suggests one will be offered.
The writing could have been better but the topic was interesting. Interesting look at the unanticipated consequences of dramatic change over time. Apr 28, ReImagine Science rated it it was amazing Shelves: If there had been rational technology assessment then, I think they very well might have said, “Let’s call the whole thing off. Why things bite back: Tenner, a fellow at From Reviews and Comments.
In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and wy 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.
Apr 23, Thorn is currently reading it. So chemists got to work, and they developed a bbite that became widely used in those systems.
Dec 20, Rich rated it liked it. He mentions them in the first and last chapters, but the rest of the book reads like a recitation of interesting research findings with no particular clear ordering or framework to tie them together. Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences Vintage. No desire to finish it, though I will keep it on the shelf.
The edwadd of this book is that it is a catalog with very few analytic pegs to hang one’s hat on. People are so enamored with their damn gadgets. No trivia or quizzes yet. There were many good examples of hite consequences. Overall enjoyable, light and yet fascinating science read.