I just finished “Shaping Things,” by Bruce Sterling. It’s a very broad look at the way technology, people, and society have changed – and changed each other – over time. And since it’s by Bruce Sterling, it’s mostly focused on the possibilities of tomorrow.
My favorite quote:
“Tomorrow composts today.”
Very cool – both the quote, and the book.
Sterling looks at five classes of technosocial relationships:
- Artifacts / Hunters and Farmers
- Machines / Customers
- Products / Consumers
- Gizmos / End-Users
- Spimes / Wranglers
Definitely worth a read.
I got it from the library, and I’m going to hang on to it for a little while longer and read it again. It’s short, but conceptually dense.
Definitely worth a re-read.