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Technology/Morozov: is considered by many authors to be neutral in terms of good or evil and as something inevitable (1), (2), (3).
Morozov: the view that technology is something autonomous, has a long line of ancestors, best represented by Langdon Winner, 1978 (4).
I 214
Technology/Kelly/Morozov: Kevin Kelly, the first publisher of Wired has written an influential book "What Technology wants". (5) (See also Technology/Kelly).
Kelly/Morozov: Kelly Thesis: Kelly, who uses a fancy word, "Technium", as a replacement for "Technology " with a capital T, assures his readers that "the Technium wants what we want, that it wants what we impose upon it to do. In addition, the Technium has its own wishes! It wants to prove itself as something special and give itself a hierarchical structure. It also wants to preserve itself and gain complexity and power, like all living systems.
MorozovVsKelly: his speech is full of duplicity. At the same time, he assures us that we have control and that there is actually no need for such control, because it is too late. (6)
Technology/Evolution/Kelly: Both allegedly wanted the same thing, because technology is only evolution by other means. He notes that "with small differences, the evolution of Technium- the organism of ideas - mimics the evolution of genetic organisms". (7)

1. Gordon Crovitz, “Is Technology Good or Bad? Yes,” Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2010, http:// online.wsj.com/ article/ SB10001424052748703579804575441461191438330. html.
2. Nick Bilton, I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted (New York: Random House Digital, 2010), 216.
3. Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna, Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (New York: TED Conferences, 2012).
4. Langdon Winner, Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1978).
5. Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants, Kindle ed. (New York: Penguin Books, 2011).
6. ibid. p.187
7. ibid. p. 44

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