August 23, 2004
News & Opinion: Technology Trends
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)
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.