"Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life"
July 17, 2017 6:24 AM   Subscribe

"Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life"
It is with the greatest pleasure that I share with you Radical Technologies, the book referred to here, and for so much of which I'm indebted to conversations that have happened here.

It's a broad overview of the smartphone, augmented reality, digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, Bitcoin and the blockchain, and finally the sprawling complex of linked ideas around machine learning, automation and artificial intelligence, the political economy associated with them and all the ways in which they condition our experience of everyday life.

It's just received a very kind notice in the Guardian, and I hope you enjoy it, too.
Role: Writer
posted by adamgreenfield (8 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I cannot fucking wait to read this book.
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:00 AM on July 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

If I could "love" that comment, I would, naturally. Thank you!
posted by adamgreenfield at 12:31 PM on July 17, 2017

It was fantastic. I couldn't put it down.
posted by Fish Sauce at 6:03 AM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

UPDATE: Okay I'm through the introduction and a big chunk of the first chapter. I can already tell I'm going to be yelling about this book for years.
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:10 PM on July 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

ANOTHER UPDATE: Four chapters in. I'm fucked up in the best possible way.
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:14 AM on July 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Heh heh heh. Highest praise, highest praise. I raise my cup to you.
posted by adamgreenfield at 10:21 AM on July 19, 2017

ANOTHER UPDATE: I might end up writing a Big Old Essay about this book. Some of what's in here is achingly trenchant, and as a Nerd of Prose Voice, I'm finding your particular flair for carefully-architected paragraphs that build to these crescendos of rhetoric to be just thrilling. I'm reading an electronic edition, and my highlightin' finger's getting worn out.

The chapters on Bitcoin and the idea of the blockchain were particularly revelatory, since previously it had been my secret nerd shame that while I understood in principle many of the individual components of Bitcoin (crypographic. hashing, distributed architecture) others (proof-of-work, ledger verification consensus) were completely opaque. I now feel like I have an understanding of what made Bitcoin special, and why the blockchain is probably going to be a big deal one way or another, and that's something I didn't have before.

Sincerely: Thank you for writing this.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:38 AM on July 28, 2017 [2 favorites]

I would hugely honored if you did ever decide to write that essay.

I should also say I'm superstoked that you're appreciating the prose I worked so hard to craft. My ambition for my writing has always been to produce useful ideas, expressed elegantly and accessibly, offered to the world in the form of a beautiful object. You make me feel like I might actually be getting somewhere.
posted by adamgreenfield at 3:37 PM on July 29, 2017

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