Why Things Bite Back

Why Things Bite Back

Explores the irony of progress in technology, including how advances in medicine, mechanics, transportation, and computers have had natural regressive consequences for society and the economy Why Things Bite Back is indispensable reading.

Author: Edward Tenner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: UOM:49015002675461

Category: Computers

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Explores the irony of progress in technology, including how advances in medicine, mechanics, transportation, and computers have had natural regressive consequences for society and the economy
Categories: Computers

Why Things Bite Back

Why Things Bite Back

"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"

Author: Edward Tenner

Publisher:

ISBN: 1857024761

Category: Technology

Page: 346

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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"
Categories: Technology

The Efficiency Paradox

The Efficiency Paradox

Edward Tenner reveals what we and our institutions, when equipped with an astute combination of artificial intelligence and trained intuition, can learn from the random and unexpected.

Author: Edward Tenner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780525520306

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A bold challenge to our obsession with efficiency—and a new understanding of how to benefit from the powerful potential of serendipity. Algorithms, multitasking, the sharing economy, life hacks: our culture can't get enough of efficiency. One of the great promises of the Internet and big data revolutions is the idea that we can improve the processes and routines of our work and personal lives to get more done in less time than we ever have before. There is no doubt that we're performing at higher levels and moving at unprecedented speed, but what if we're headed in the wrong direction? Melding the long-term history of technology with the latest headlines and findings of computer science and social science, The Efficiency Paradox questions our ingrained assumptions about efficiency, persuasively showing how relying on the algorithms of digital platforms can in fact lead to wasted efforts, missed opportunities, and, above all, an inability to break out of established patterns. Edward Tenner offers a smarter way of thinking about efficiency, revealing what we and our institutions, when equipped with an astute combination of artificial intelligence and trained intuition, can learn from the random and unexpected.
Categories: Business & Economics

Unintended Consequences of Human Actions

Unintended Consequences of Human Actions

The most obvious unintended consequence of FDA approving a new drug designed for African Americans, then, seems to be that the action calls into question ... Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences.

Author: Elena Ermolaeva

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761854463

Category: Social Science

Page: 100

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Using a mixed-method approach, Unintended Consequences of Human Actions documents a wide range of unintended and unanticipated consequences of human actions. The major message is the urgent need to review a range of possible outcomes of human actions. During these fragile times 'looking down the road' has become imperative.
Categories: Social Science

Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy

Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy

Edward Tenner's book Why Things Bite BackTechnology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences, shows us that engineers sometimes spread the notion of the recalcitrant machine [54]. Captain Edward Murphy Jr., who was an engineer at ...

Author: Otto Andersen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781447155324

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 94

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Energy technologies in the future will need to be based on renewable sources of energy and will, ultimately, need to be sustainable. This book provides insight into unintended, negative impacts and how they can be avoided. In order to steer away from the pitfalls and unintended effects, it is essential that the necessary knowledge is available to the developers and decision makers engaged in renewable energy. The value of this book lies in its presentation of the unintended health and environmental impacts from renewable energies. The book presents results from cross-disciplinary research on the implementation of alternative fuels in the transport sector, namely hydrogen, electricity and biodiesel. This is followed by an assessment of environmental impacts from the production of solar cells. Critical reviews on the use of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the energy technologies is then provided, with the formation of nanoparticles during combustion of bio-blended diesel and their toxic effects, discussed in detail.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Princeton Alumni Weekly

Princeton Alumni Weekly

BOOKS HUMAN INGENUITY RUN AMOK Edward Tenner '65 exposes the unintended consequences of man's technological advances WHY THINGS BITE BACK : to produce electricity , hot water , and heat . TECHNOLOGY AND THE REVENGE What the students ...

Author: Jesse Lynch Williams

Publisher: princeton alumni weekly

ISBN: PRNC:32101081978049

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Best Laid Plans The Tyranny of Unintended Consequences and How to Avoid Them

Best Laid Plans  The Tyranny of Unintended Consequences and How to Avoid Them

Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. “Texting Is Not Talking.” Boston Globe, June 16, 2009: editorial page. Thaler, Richard H., and Cass R. Sunstein. Nudge.

Author: William A. Sherden

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313385322

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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This intriguing and informative probe into the dynamics of unintended consequences reveal the real reasons our best laid plans often go askew in our political, business, and personal lives. • 60 case studies clearly illustrate how unintended consequences occurred in current and historical events • Various charts and figures clarify key points and information • A bibliography contains 250 books and articles referenced in the book
Categories: Business & Economics

Nudge Theory in Action

Nudge Theory in Action

See generally Adam Thierer, Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom ... Edward Tenner, Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences (New York: Vintage Books, ...

Author: Sherzod Abdukadirov

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319313191

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 351

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This collection challenges the popular but abstract concept of nudging, demonstrating the real-world application of behavioral economics in policy-making and technology. Groundbreaking and practical, it considers the existing political incentives and regulatory institutions that shape the environment in which behavioral policy-making occurs, as well as alternatives to government nudges already provided by the market. The contributions discuss the use of regulations and technology to help consumers overcome their behavioral biases and make better choices, considering the ethical questions of government and market nudges and the uncertainty inherent in designing effective nudges. Four case studies - on weight loss, energy efficiency, consumer finance, and health care - put the discussion of the efficiency of nudges into concrete, recognizable terms. A must-read for researchers studying the public policy applications of behavioral economics, this book will also appeal to practicing lawmakers and regulators.
Categories: Business & Economics

Not Trying Too Hard

Not Trying Too Hard

experiences in life. in a delightful romp through several contemporary technologies, scientist and journalist Edward Tenner (Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences) shows how our best intentions are ...

Author: Bob Sitze

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781566995931

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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The Christian church in America is doing its best to be relevant. Its leaders are trying harder, working longer hours, offering more programs, and trying to solve more problems. Not coincidentally, more clergy than ever before are burning out or "browning out," losing their edge, becoming lethargic. How do we move beyond this sense of despair and hopelessness? What does it mean to restore the soul of the church? How can it become more relevant unto itself and to people like those with whom I talk in the workplace-those who eagerly seek meaning? In Not Trying Too Hard, Bob Sitze has taken the bold first step on this journey of restoring the soul of the church.
Categories: Religion

Permit But Discourage

Permit But Discourage

Law is not the only area of human endeavor that must contend with unintended consequences. In Why Things Bite BackTechnology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences, Tenner traces the many ways in which technological “advances” ...

Author: William A. Bogart

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195379877

Category: Law

Page: 397

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This text analyzes the effectiveness of law in controlling excessive consumption. It engages theoretical discussions concerning the effectiveness of legal intervention, especially regarding 'normativity', the relationship between law and norms.
Categories: Law