The Nature of Technology

by W. Brian Arthur

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  • @renatrigiorese You need to discard your anthropocentric viewpoint. I use the word technology in the sense advocated in to Tweet
  • @ilan_peer @Reza_Zadeh An excellent explicator. This book by Brian Arthur, an engineer now practicing economics, is equally indispensible: to Tweet
  • @DougCollinsUX The Nature of Technology, W. Brian Arthur Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson The Reflective Practitioner, Donald Schön What Things Do, Peter-Paul Verbeek Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark JohnsonLink to Tweet
  • @ole_b_peters A good book to read in Arthur's 'The Nature of Technology'. Technology progress is always initially tied to existing legacy technologies. It doesn't magically replace everything in an instant.Link to Tweet
  • @danbri It's been a while since I read it. Did you ever read The Nature of Technology, by Brian Arthur? It has a really nice treatment of technological modularity, with something he calls combinatorial evolution.Link to Tweet
  • @gideonro Did he write this book: ? Greater complexity happens because of the combinatory explosion of technologies that can be combined for use.Link to Tweet
  • @alanklement I have a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon where Herb Simon taught. I’m familiar with his work. It’s not the end of the discussion. Many recent books offer different interpretations. Read: The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves to Tweet
  • @worrydream W. Brian Arthur's, "The Nature of Technology" is one of the best books countering the "lone inventor" myth of innovation.Link to Tweet

About Book

“More than anything else technology creates our world. It creates our wealth, our economy, our very way of being,” says W. Brian Arthur. Yet despite technology’s irrefutable importance in our daily lives, until now its major questions have gone unanswered. Where do new technologies come from? What constitutes innovation, and how is it achieved? Does technology, like biological life, evolve? In this groundbreaking work, pioneering technology thinker and economist W. Brian Arthur answers these questions and more, setting forth a boldly original way of thinking about technology. The Nature of Technology is an elegant and powerful theory of technology’s origins and evolution. Achieving for the development of technology what Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions did for scientific progress, Arthur explains how transformative new technologies arise and how innovation really works. Drawing on a wealth of examples, from historical inventions to the high-tech wonders of today, Arthur takes us on a mind-opening journey that will change the way we think about technology and how it structures our lives. The Nature of Technology is a classic for our times.

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