Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change

Future Hype The Myths of Technology Change Conventional wisdom says that technology is the greatest new growth frontier coupling infinite potential with an ever growing number of faster efficient and reliable products and instruments Accord

  • Title: Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change
  • Author: Robert B. Seidensticker
  • ISBN: 9781576753705
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • Conventional wisdom says that technology is the greatest new growth frontier, coupling infinite potential with an ever growing number of faster, efficient, and reliable products and instruments According to this view, we live in an unprecedented golden era of technological expansion Future Hype argues the opposite Author Bob Seidensticker, who has an intimateConventional wisdom says that technology is the greatest new growth frontier, coupling infinite potential with an ever growing number of faster, efficient, and reliable products and instruments According to this view, we live in an unprecedented golden era of technological expansion Future Hype argues the opposite Author Bob Seidensticker, who has an intimate understanding of technology on professional, theoretical, and academic levels, asserts that today s technological achievements are neither fast nor progressive He explodes seven major myths of technology, including Change is exponential, Product cycle time is decreasing, and Today s high tech price reductions are unprecedented Examining the history of tech hype, Seidensticker skillfully uncovers the inaccuracies and misinterpretations that characterize the popular view of technology, explaining how and why this view has been created, and offering specific strategies for measuring progress against what is actually known rather than against what its boosters have promised.

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    1. This is a fascinating yet flawed book. Robert Seidensticker's argument is that people have long overestimated the speed of technological change, which he demonstrates by surveying the decades of grandiose predictions that have fallen flat. From them he derives a series of "high-tech myths" that serve as a commonality running through many of these overestimates, before concluding by drawing some conclusions as to why people do that and how they might avoid making such mistakes in the future. Seid [...]

    2. Emm where to start. This book was written in 2006, only 8 years ago. Some of you might remember a young little startup called Youtube that was launched less than a year before this book was published, and another promising new startup called Facebook. Nokia ruled the mobile phone scene, these phones had started to become really smart and GPS, along with Google Maps, had only began to shift from military tech to consumer tech. And in the eyes of "grownups" was something akin to urban dictionary. [...]

    3. Oh sweet technoculture, thy mother is a harlot OK, I may only be giving this book a favorable rating to bother my husband, Ryan. This book is more or less a response to "Future Shock". Seidensticker (Seriously? That's his name?) attempts to debunk tech myths. I knew very little about Moore's Law but my husband explained it in detail to me, and I don't think it's very applicable to the author's examples. What bothers Ryan is the hyperbole used by Seidensticker (Still, seriously?).The author puts [...]

    4. Really good discussion of the common notions that we are living in a fantastic age where technology is progressing at the fastest rate ever in the history of man and that invention is on an geometric increase and that everything coming out of technological development is useful and needful.

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