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Radical Technologies book review

Written by Greg Millar on March 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

The design of everyday life

I would highly recommend a book I recently read by Adam Greenfield called Radical Technologies.

rad techsThe following is an exerpt:

"You are sitting at a cafe recommended to you by an algorithm, at a table that was cut on a CNC milling machine; you pay for your coffee with cryptocurrency, which you do by tapping your smartphone against the register; the voices of children playing an AR game filter in from the street. And while not a single aspect of this situation would have been possible even five years ago, none of it seems particularly remarkable to you. This is simply the shape of the normal in our time.

But it's worth noting that all of the qualities that make this situation what it is have been produced by technologies that are, as yet, relatively disarticulated from one another. And as they become better assimilated, they will tend to be integrated with other newly available technics, and fused into more complex propositions. This process of integration, in turn, will open up new and previously unsuspected possibilities for the behavior of things, and the texture of the everyday. The truly transformative circumstances will arise not from any one technology standing alone, but from multiple technical capabilities woven together in combination."

The book gives an insight into Cryptocurrency, blockchain, automation, augmented reality, self-drive cars, the internet and smartphones.

Well worth the read!

Source Google Books

 

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