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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So it shows that we’re really all in this together. Which turns out to be quite relevant.

Edward Tenner: Unintended consequences | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED

Now when we come to the period after the Second World War, unintended consequences get even more interesting. The Paige typesetter had 18, parts. Coining the thimgs revenge effects, Tenner describes the unintended consequences of technological advancements as varied as seat belts on aircrafts to automatic crop planters.

Why do these revenge effects matter and why do they happen?

And the first people who saw that were the telegraphers of the midth century, who were the original hackers. First of all, worse nutrition, maybe shorter life spans. Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences. What about the origins of agriculture? But the individual incidents are quite amusing. Even now, our choices thinsg having unintended effects.

But he did his best, and he kept meticulous records that let him transform that branch of medicine. And Mark Twain, who knew all about typesetting, really was smitten by this machine. But do read the new book I’d like to read the meta-book almost implied by this book which would talk about types of risks and instances of each type.

He received the A. So there were benefits in calamities — benefits to pure science, as well as to applied science and medicine.

This book is written by someone who fears technology. In the ancient world there was a lot of edwarc for unintended consequences, and there was a very healthy sense of caution, reflected in the Tree of Knowledge, in Pandora’s Box, and especially in the myth of Prometheus that’s been so important in recent metaphors about technology.


This proved not to be the case they were not tasty and then the carp got into US thinhs and lakes and destroyed most of the ecosystem that supported the natural fishstock and waterfowl, ultimately reducing foodstocks. The beginning and most of the book goes to excruciating detail about various things and convinces one of revenge and other effects.

We need to take a really positive view. Yet I had the impression that a larger picture eludes him. It was thought that automobility would save people time, while in fact if you add up the time spent sitting in traffic and earning the money to buy and maintain the car, the driver could just as well ride a bicycle. For instance, light cigarettes intend to reduce risk, but increase risk because the tendency is to smoke more of them to get the same nicotine – producing more exposure to other hazardous chemicals.

And the translations of the surviving texts say, “This I will not treat. Sep 06, Yuichiro rated it really liked it. Oct wuy, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

But the core still applies, and always will. I think the subject matter is interesting though. To ask other readers questions about Why Things Bite Backplease sign up. So the 20th century, then, saw how much more complex reality was, but it also saw a positive side. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

What would our ancestors 10, years ago have said if they really had technology assessment? However, Tenner’s book lacks tnener. Both well-researched and well-written, this is a book that benefits from the academic rigor behind it without being marred thinfs jargon or theory that would bitf it inaccessible for a more popular audience. No one who wants to think clearly about our high-tech future can afford to ignore this book.

If there had been ttenner technology bit then, I think they very well might have said, “Let’s call the whole thing off.

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And that’s all very true. This is a book that must be read to the end.


Thigns IBM, which made them, just didn’t know what to do. In the Second World War, too, the existence of solar radiation was demonstrated by studies of interference that was detected by the radar stations of Great Britain. 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.

There are two historians of business at the University of Maryland, Brent Goldfarb and David Kirsch, who have done some extremely interesting work, much of it still unpublished, on the history of major innovations. I’ve learned that they’re really the essence of what makes for progress, even deward they seem to be terrible. And that again proves that when you’re talking about unintended consequences, it’s not that easy to know the right lessons to draw.

Why Things Bite Back

But it is the genius of Edward Tenner’s Why Things Bite Back to provide us with new tools to analyze our predicament–tools we can use, perhaps, to occupy our time while trapped in a traffic jam in the car that was supposed to speed us on our way, or while idled by carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the machines that substitute information for physical labor, or while keeping vigil by the bedside of a chronically and painfully ill relative who would long since have been dead save for the miracles of medicine.

Sep 02, Pages. What happened was the bactericide was formulated with minute traces of tin. Aug 13, John rated it it was ok. Das Buch ist leider schon etwas veraltet, dennoch immer noch das Lesen Wert. Not all personal computing power gained in the last 30 years went into animating cute icons; Pentium-based PCs can play DVDs, which based PCs were not powerful enough to do.

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