August 23, 2004
News & Opinion: Technology Trends
Also in Friday's WSJ was an extensive review of technology titles. In his review "Join the Revolution" [sub. needed], reviewer L. Gordon Crovitz says:
More than one author of late -- perhaps sensing a need -- has pondered how to tame technology, how to profit from it or, if coping becomes too much, how to escape it altogether.
These are not simple matters. We live in the early days of an Information Revolution that will change our lives just as the Industrial Revolution changed our forefathers'. The innovations of that earlier era -- clocks, contracts and capitalism -- have their modern equivalents in nonstop information feeds, networked communities and global markets. And yet it is all rather hard to gauge at this point. How, in the end, will modern technology change us? And how do we know that technological progress is human progress?
- Human-Built World: How to Think About Technology and Culture by Thomas Hughes (University of Chicago Press, May 2004)
- The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way People Live With Technology by Kim Vicente (Routledge, March 2004)
- Technology Paradise Lost: Why Companies Will Spend Less to Get More from Information Technology by Erik Keller (Manning Publications, April 2004)
- Caught in The Current: Searching for Simplicity in the Technological Age by Jay Bookman (St. Martins Press, June 2004)
- Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Bende (Harpercollins, August 2004)