Kevin Kelly just knocks it out of the park with this brilliant essay on early man and “the world without technology.” Part of his forthcoming book on the origin and future of technology, he charts the beginning of tool-making and links the rise of language to the spread of humans around the world.
To really appreciate the effects of technology – both its virtues and costs — we need to examine the world of humans before technology. What were our lives like without inventions? For that we need to peek back into the Paleolithic era when technology was scarce and humans lived primarily surrounded by things they did not make.
Few writers in anthropology or sociology understand technology like Kevin, and few technology writers attempt his scope. The Technium is going to a pleasure to read.