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

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1996; 346 pp. $26.

All technologies have a good side and a dark side. The dark side is often difficult to predict by narrowly focused experts: adding a lane to the freeway ultimately adds to congestion; air conditioners make cities hotter; hospitalization makes many patients sicker. Such unintended results are dubbed "revenge effects" in this unsettling book. The wide range of examples is presented in a way that encourages you to think in ways that will help to reduce future problems. Tenner calls for disciplined vigilance and inspections along with more comprehensively considered design.

 

ISBN: 0679747567

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