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The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves

The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves

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17 NOV 2020

Noah Brier

Why is this interesting? - The Progress Edition

A book by W. Brian Arthur that outlines the evolutionary journey of technology, proposing that new technologies arise not through simple accumulation or random combination, but through an ordered process using existing technologies as components.

"More than anything else technology creates our world. It creates our wealth, our economy, our very way of being," says W. Brian Arthur. Yet despite technology’s irrefutable importance in our daily lives, until now its major questions have gone unanswered. Where do new technologies come from? What constitutes innovation, and how is it achieved? Does technology, like biological life, evolve? In this groundbreaking work, pioneering technology thinker and economist W. Brian Arthur answers these questions and more, setting forth a boldly original way of thinking about technology.

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