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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There’s way too much research here. We need to learn from those figures that I mentioned.

Why Things Bite Back – Wikipedia

And this was an important thing about 19th century technology, that all these relationships among parts could make the most brilliant idea fall apart, even when judged by the most expert people. No trivia or quizzes yet.

And he also discusses things I’ve learned about in edwadd contexts, like the higher chimneys of coal-burning plants making the immediate area’s air more breathable, but sullying air remote to the plants.

It saw that invention could actually benefit from emergencies. Jan 14, Mysteryfan rated it it was ok Shelves: We need to take a really positive view.

Edward Tenner’s “Why Things Bite Back”

Tenner is silent on this matter and offers no good or coherent explanatory framework, which is a tfnner considering the title suggests one will be offered. What I really appreciate is that Tenner is neither a “doom and gloomer” nor a Pollyanna chirping “technology will save us all. But do read the new book Quotes from Why Things Bite B So it shows that we’re really all in this together.

And we can also remember how the pharmaceutical companies were willing to pool their knowledge, to share their knowledge, in the face of an emergency, which they hadn’t really been for years and years. Edward Tenner is the author of Our Own Devices and Why Things Bite Backformer college teacher and executive editor ewdard book publishing, now an independent writer and speaker on technology and society and contributor to major newspapers, magazines, and thinngs sites.


Just as a reminder of that “mice and men” bit. And IBM, which made them, just didn’t know what to do. Dec 21, Darryl Updegrove rated it really liked it Shelves: But the best way to get the most out of our technologies and our innovation is to think through all the potential effects these technologies whh have, and that’s really what this book encourages.

Jun 23, Harvey rated it really liked it. And nobody knows just why this was so, but one story can reflect something of it.

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

Historically, for example, chopsticks — according to one Japanese anthropologist who wrote a dissertation about it at the University of Michigan — resulted in long-term changes in the dentition, in the teeth, of the Japanese public.

Quick response, transparent communication, and the fast development of effective remediation is the key – all of which are facilitated by collaboration, removal of barriers to communication, and a sense of having time enough to work at the highest levels of complexity And Chester Carlson, the inventor, was a patent attorney.

Open Preview See a Problem? Details the “revenge effect” of many technologies in which the effect is opposite that intended. 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.


I think the subject matter is interesting though. It means, I think, that we’re living in a time of unexpected possibilities. This is a study of technology gone bad – a pastiche of Robert Sheckley’s “Watchbird”, Murphy’s Law and those ancient Greek stories about gods punishing mortals for their hubris. People who feel like their computer hates them. Jan 15, Michael rated it it was amazing. According to Tenner, they exemplify a new sort of technological backlash that turns the promise of progress on its head.

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Edward Tenner

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So this was the best job he could get. Like how America’s ill-tasting carp, the bane of fisherfolk flike myself, were actually imported and farmed by American farmers as a cheap, easy-to-raise, tasty food fish. It could benefit from tragedies.

That was the Paige typesetter. Bigger hard drives and larger RAM beget operating systems and applications with features of questionable utility that fill them all. Sep 16, Nathan rated it liked it Recommends thiings for: Why Things Bite Back: Vintage BooksSep 2, – Fiction – pages. A number of pharmaceutical companies were working on it. There are initiatives coming tnener both government and private sectors to create much documentation concerning patient information.

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