Why Things Bite Back has ratings and 48 reviews. Mero said: Edward Tenner’s book is rather dated by now (!), but in everything but its discussion.. . Edward Tenner’s Why Things Bite Back examines technology in medicine, agriculture and the environment, the computerized office, and sports. A historian of. “No one is safe from Mr. Tenner’s analytical eye. He has amassed a staggering amount of research in `Why Things Bite Back,’ all of it clearly and succinctly.

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Edward Tenner has a keen nose for paradox and irony and a very different idea of common sense. I was whhy painfully aware of the problems, and was hoping for approaches to avoid and mitigate the hurt that I am bound to inflict in my life as an engineer. These are questions the book shows a This is a book that must be read to the end.

Why Things Bite Back

The message, then, for me, about unintended consequences is chaos happens; let’s make better use of it. Aug 13, John rated it it was ok. Tenner, a fellow at Ultimately though, I found it a good thesis in which there were many examples that were stretched to fit.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. But something else happened in the early s, and that was that there was a mysterious epidemic of failures of tape drives all over the United States. The lesson of the Titanic, for a lot of the contemporaries, was that you must have enough lifeboats for everyone on the ship.


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His style is quite accessible, occasionally even witty, so despite its academic-ish subject, his is a fairly easy book to read. In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls “revenge effects”–the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the progressive, improvement-obsessed modern age.

The beginning and most of the book goes to excruciating detail about various things and convinces one of revenge and other effects. What we find is, no longer simple tools, but systems.

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Want to Read saving…. Sep 02, Pages. I’m frankly not sureI was pleasantly surprised by how Tenner’s account instead provides a lucid historical trajectory of the many technological changes that characterize the 20th century.


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Edward Tenner is the author of Our Own Devices and Why Things Bite Backformer college teacher and executive editor in book publishing, now an independent writer and speaker on technology and society and contributor to major newspapers, magazines, and web sites. Antibiotics have inadvertently made bacteria more deadly to all humans. He was upset by the low quality and high cost of existing patent reproductions, and so he started to develop a system of dry photocopying, which he patented in the late s — and which became the first dry photocopier that was commercially practical in hhings No trivia or edwwrd yet.


Nov 08, Janice Sheufelt rated it liked it. Well, technology to the rescue. Titanic, the ship that was so unsinkable that it led to over-confidence that ended up sinking it.

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Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences by Edward Tenner

Even now, our choices are having unintended effects. Sep 02, Pages Buy. Not all personal computing power gained in the last 30 years went into animating cute icons; Pentium-based PCs can play DVDs, which based PCs were not powerful enough to do.

Coining the term revenge effects, Tenner describes the unintended consequences of technological advancements as varied as seat belts on aircrafts to automatic crop planters. Thomas Edison would have been very, very comfortable in the atmosphere of a software firm today. And he learned edard from his mistakes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This is a book about the “revenge effects” of technology. And that was that safety technology itself could be a source of danger.