Edward Tenner

Edward Tenner is the author of Our Own Devices and Why Things Bite Back. He is working on a book about positive unintended consequences.

A Place for Hype: Old Technology

Edward Tenner, 10 May 2007

A new golden age of technological hype seems to be dawning. This January, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a small unfurnished booth cost $24,500. Some 2700 companies proved willing to pay the fee, and 140,000 people visited the show. To coincide with it, Steve Jobs, the Apple CEO, launched the iPhone in San Francisco: a mobile phone with a touch-screen and other familiar...


Francis Spufford, 4 July 1996

This book is presented as a pessimist’s primer, full of circumstantial evidence for the vanity of human wishes. It offers a portfolio of sharp blows to the back of the head, as good...

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