Radical Technologies

Adam Greenfield

Radical Technologies



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Who knows how to explain what the blockchain is, in their own words? And how many people know how algorithms work? The secret of the immense powers of revolutionary technologies which invade our daily lives, is hidden behind complex terminology that only adds to its mystery. And while we are still trying to understand it, this tech transforms us into data, analyses our habits and records our deepest desires, leaving us extremely vulnerable. In his book, Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, Adam Greenfield sheds some light on the possible implications of the new frontiers of progress, encouraging us to reflect and to take action in order to prevent a future in which humanity loses its power and purpose to machines.

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Analysis and key concepts


If we want to enjoy the luxury of choice in our future, we need to learn to understand new technologies


The smartphone is the cause of the critical issues linked to the dematerialisation of objects


The Internet of Things (IoT) gathers data but its use is still not completely clear


Augmented and virtual reality could create addiction and completely change the way places look


Digital production can democratise processes and give capitalism a shock


The use of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain could improve politics and society as a whole


Automation could mean that many people lose their jobs and life could become more difficult for everyone else


Machine learning and algorithms still have too many unknown features to be fully understood


Artificial intelligence has already overcome the taboos of art and spirituality and is now going further


New technologies are here to stay




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Many useful tips to:

  • Help expand our knowledge of the most innovative emerging technologies.
  • Prepare us for the potential political, social and economic landscapes of the future.
  • Take a critical look at tech innovations and their implications.

Adam Greenfield was born in 1968 in Pennsylvania, USA, and currently lives in London. He is a futurologist, urbanist and writer. His career began at the dawn of information architecture, and he has followed its many trends and developments. Over the years he has held roles as head of information architecture for Razorfish in Tokyo, and head of design direction for user interface and services for Nokia in Helsinki, while teaching at the University of New York. He has written several books, including the bestsellers “Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing” and “Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life.”

Publishing house:

Verso Books