Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology [NOOK Book]

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Technology is an ocean we're immersed in. Until something goes wrong, we mostly take it for granted. Meanwhile we're being shaped by it.

"Not So Fast" will change the way you think about technology. Not just digital technologies, but all technologies. The depth and breadth of the book's perspective offers dozens of illuminating insights into the nature of the technological ...
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Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology

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Overview

Technology is an ocean we're immersed in. Until something goes wrong, we mostly take it for granted. Meanwhile we're being shaped by it.

"Not So Fast" will change the way you think about technology. Not just digital technologies, but all technologies. The depth and breadth of the book's perspective offers dozens of illuminating insights into the nature of the technological world we've created. It also raises penetrating questions about how human beings fit, or don't fit, into that world.

Doug Hill is a best-selling journalist who has studied the history and philosophy of technology for twenty years. "Not So Fast" is filled with the voices of scholars and artists who have thought deeply about the meanings of machines. Readers of this meticulously researched, elegantly written book will come away with a heightened awareness of the underlying forces that drive our technologies—and of the ways our technologies are driving us.

Among the questions asked and answered in "Not So Fast":

• What are the four characteristics that define the nature of technology?
• Why has our love for technology always been accompanied by an undercurrent of fear?
• Should we be thrilled that we're becoming cyborgs, or horrified?
• What do our feelings towards animals tell us about our feelings towards machines?
• Why do we find it so hard to anticipate the problems our technologies create?
• How much control do we really have over our technologies? (The answer to that question is, "Not nearly as much as you might think.")

Here's the reaction of one early reader to "Not So Fast":

Doug Hill's insights into technology are both 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

Chapters in "Not So Fast" include:

• The Paradise Within Reach of All Men. A humorous look at the tradition of American technological utopianism.
• Absolute Confidence, More or Less. An examination of the anxieties that hide beneath our technological enthusiasms.
• At the Intersection of Technology Street and Liberal Arts Avenue. How Steve Jobs and Bill Gates personify tensions between technology and the arts that have provoked fights for centuries.
• Who's In charge here? Some scholars who study technology consider this the most important question of all: Do we control our machines, or is it the other way around?
• Absorption. What Mark Twain, Charles Lindbergh, the Apollo astronauts and the original computer hackers can tell us about how we see the world through the lens of technology.
• Shapers Shaped. The transhumanists are eager to merge bodies with machines, but even they may underestimate how far we've already come on the road to cyborgism.
• Gamblers. Scientists and engineers argue that progress requires a willingness to take risks. Their ambitions convince them the risks are worth taking. Can we trust them to make the right decisions?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483509327
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,182,734
  • File size: 472 KB

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