Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom (2020)

Shrinking the Technosphere Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy Self Sufficiency and Freedom Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new technologically advanced efficient methods W
  • Title: Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom
  • Author: Dmitry Orlov
  • ISBN: 9780865718388
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, efficient methods.What exactly is progressive or efficient about this new arrangement is hardly ever examined in depth if the new ways of doing things are so much better, then we must allOver the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, efficient methods.What exactly is progressive or efficient about this new arrangement is hardly ever examined in depth if the new ways of doing things are so much better, then we must all be leading relaxed, stress free, enjoyable lives with plenty of free time to devote to art and leisure activities But a careful look at these changes shows us that many of these advances are not weighing favourably in a harm benefit comparison The harm to the environment, society, and even to our own personalities, on an individual level, is plain to see, but is brushed off with hollow claims about efficiency and progress.Shrinking the Technosphere guides readers through the process of bringing technology down to a manageable number of carefully chosen, essential, well understood and controllable elements It is about regaining the freedom to use technology for our own benefit, and is critical reading for all who seek to get back to a point where technologies assist us rather than control us.Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, and emigrated to the United States in the mid 1970s He holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high energy physics, Internet commerce, network security and advertising He is the author of several previous books, including Reinventing Collapse and The Five Stages of Collapse.
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    1. I recently read about an international survey that contrasts the self expression values of the West with the survival values of Eastern Europe and Russia especially For readers who have already become convinced by their own reading and analyses that self expression values are on their way out and survival values are going to triumph, this book is an indispensable building block for conceiving of an antifragile post Western society It attempts to approach systems which are too massive and too inv [...]

    2. The worst book I ve ever read The worst needs a 0 option for this particular form of hell Not all book club selections are fabulous but please, let s not sink so low again

    3. Shrinking the Technosphere by Dmitry Orlov is a disturbing read, especially if you re new to collapse literature, but it is high on my Get a Clue list It shines such a light on reality that I consider it essential reading for anyone who dares to see the true workings of human affairs Its great value is in its baseline idea averring that the sum of all technologies and cultural institutions are best viewed as a living, evolved, even sentient, organism integral entities that consist of what to the [...]

    4. This was a very strange book, and I had a hard time finding an appropriate rating for it.Shrinking the Technosphere was an easy, enjoyable read, and I do think it is worth approaching if you are apprehensive about our society s long term resilience Orlov does a great job of summarizing the many present threats to our modern consumption driven society, and he presents this summary in an accessible manner that doesn t demand much domain knowledge from the reader Resource security, environmental co [...]

    5. fascinating bat shit crazy manifesto that s a lot pro Putin and anti civil society than it is anti technology as the title would suggest.

    6. A useful investigation into the idea of a sentient technosphere as a construct to understand the world as it comes through the peak of everything I felt the book suffered from a lack of concrete examples of ways to eliminate the influence of the technosphere from our lives, and would benefit from some stories from the community of smart people Dmitry Orlov has gathered around him I also found the scattered topics didn t form a cohesive approach to the central shrinking theme Each topic loosely t [...]

    7. Marvelously provocative, Orlov thinks writes the unthinkable This is about the big picture of climate disruption resource depletion what to expect from worst case scenarios which may already be inevitable Orlov divides the human environment into the biosphere composed of all natural living things which supports life the technosphere which is the sum total of human invention argues that the technosphere is the enemy of the biosphere will inevitably work towards its destruction There is much in th [...]

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