More About the Author
Doug Hill has studied the history and philosophy technology for more than twenty years, and it is that study that informs "Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology." He blogs at The Question Concerning Technology (http://thequestionconcerningtechnology.blogspot.com/) and can be followed on Twitter @DougHill25 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NotSoFastBook.
Here are some of the endorsements "Not So Fast" has received:
"Lively, fast moving, always entertaining, Not So Fast offers a grand overview of the extravagant hopes and dire warnings that accompany the arrival of powerful new technologies. Blending the key ideas of classic and contemporary thinkers, Doug Hill explores the aspirations of those who strive for the heavens of artifice and those who find the whole enterprise a fool's errand. This is the most engaging, readable work on the great debates in technology criticism now available and a solid contribution to that crucial yet unsettling tradition."
- Langdon Winner, author of Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought and The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology
"This is the technology criticism I've been waiting for - aware of the history of technology criticism and the history of changing attitudes toward technology, and at the same time attuned to contemporary developments. Not So Fast is readable, meticulously sourced, and, above all - nuanced. I recommend it for technology critics and enthusiasts alike."
- Howard Rheingold, author of Tools for Thought, The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs and Net Smart
"Doug Hill's Not So Fast has to be one of the five best books on technology I've read over the past decade. Hill has a remarkable command of the technology creators, analysts, and critics, such as Ellul, Heidegger, Kurzweil, Gates, Jobs, Mumford, Borgmann, and McLuhan. He approaches technology from several helpful angles. His prose is clear, convincing, and often droll! Not So Fast must be part of any reflection on our culture and future."
- David W. Gill, Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, President, International Jacques Ellul Society
"Not So Fast addresses the primary questions of the day: how can we construct a coherent story about what is happening to us? And what can we do about it? Anyone interested in the future of the human project will benefit hugely from Doug Hill's lucid performance."
- James Howard Kunstler, author of Too Much Magic, The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere
"Not So Fast reflects, in addition to Doug Hill's consummate skill as a writer, his deep knowledge of the history and the philosophy of technology. His reflections are grounded in that knowledge and at the same time are original and profound. I've worked and traveled in the highest reaches of the tech world for more than twenty years and I still learned much from this book."
- Allen Noren, Vice President, Online, O'Reilly Media
"Never have I experienced such a probing, in-depth analysis of the push-and-pull of technology as a driver, determining force, savior or disease of our species."
- Roger Cubicciotti, former chair, Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology, North Carolina Biotechnology Center; Visiting Scholar, Department of Physics, Wake Forest University
Hill has led a peripatetic personal and professional life. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, went to high school in Carmel and Burlingame, California, undergraduate school in Oregon and graduate school in New York City. After living for 20 years in Montclair, New Jersey, he now resides in Philadelphia.
Hill spent the first half of his journalism career writing about television for a wide variety of popular and professional publications. He co-authored the book "Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live," widely praised (Associated Press: "It may be the best book ever written about television") and widely stolen from. Tiring of celebrities and especially celebrity publicists, Hill turned to writing about health, a specialty he continues to pursue today.