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"Gadgets to God was a truly wonderful book.  I found it to be an interesting and compelling read and at times found it quite hard to put down!  It is unique and I would highly recommend this inspiring book as a 'must have' for anyone interested in gadgets and digital technology".  

Sarah Barclay

Manchester, UK

Since the earliest campfire introspections by our upright, bipedal ancestors in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, many of our questions posed regarding our existence have remained the same.  Now however, when we wish to look at a roaring fire and also locate where the African tectonic spreading zone of our evolutionary origins are located, we can simply finger in the appropriate application, or voice our request, and view and hear a crackling fire in action along with a fly over perspective of the African mother lands, all while holding on to our semi-intelligent personal computing-communication devices.  Campfires and philosophy on our smartphones.  The transformation for the post World War II generation’s epistemologies and the different age-group’s relationships with the virtual and viral spread of technology have never been more engagingly presented than through this personal time-travel log by David Wortley.  Wortley’s cleverly written prose provides a shared view of his humble but near idyllic childhood, one which many baby boomers can easily identify with, not unlike Bill Bryson’s The Thunderball Kid.  Gadgets to God successfully carries along its time-travel log theme to intimately bring the reader to the shared experience of radios to television to the internet, of rock and roll and disco to 3D immersion entertainment, from trains and planes to avatars’ virtual meetings at international conferences, and from web mapping shopping in one’s village or hamlet to a Digital Earth with digital cities monitored by human and robotic satellite sensors all captured in amorphous computer clouds and accessible everywhere.  Wonder, awe and inspiration for the adventure and travels that have formed Wortley’s world view are refreshing attractants to helping the reader appreciate the many computerization and digital technologies that have helped transform society, industry, and perhaps the human condition.  This definite worth-read book provides a handy context for anyone to retrace and follow the advantages and ramifications of our rapidly changing world through the eyes and networks of this talented and entrepreneurial character.  The reader may find themself soon wishing that David Wortley were living next door so that they could continue hearing the many warm and wonderful anecdotes, stories, and references that makes the book spot on for travelers and technologists alike.  And just when the reader is lulled into a sense of how the book is trending, Wortley delivers a series of thought provoking prognosticated pathways and principles that provides for a delightful denouement.  For Babyboomers, this book should be digested over a series of evenings to prevent one from nostalgic overload.  For younger generations, Wortley’s book will proved a much needed framework and platform for asking the questions originally posed from the earliest Homo sapiens; why are we here and where are we going?  This book is a must read.

Dr Tim Foresman

Baltimore, USA

British technology specialist David Wortley's autobiography has a clever twist. He has entwined detailed recollections of his own baby-boomer life around the environs of London with astute observations about the evolution of many new technologies from the 1950s into the future. 

Son of a Lincolnshire carpenter and grandson of a railways foreman, Wortley's valuable aptitudes are pragmatic and progress-inclined analyses of people and situations, effective communications (trained to sell and manage teams), and personal flexibility and mobility.

From trainspotting and riding the running boards of his family's Humber Snipe in the 1950s, to online dating and Second Life as an avatar in the late noughties, he clarifies a journey of rich incidents and episodes. 

In the last chapter, he muses (at his favourite naturists' resort) on today's relevance of the Old Testament, Adam and Eve and the 'supreme deity'. And, like Kevin Kelly in What Technology Wants, he provokes readers to recognise that technology is a human trajectory.

Davina Jackson, Editor d_city

Sydney, Australia

This is an important book. Not only is it a marvelous journal filled with life stories dedicated to the passionate pursuit of technology, but it is also a document made up of rich layers of progress written in a style that blends warm personal recollections with clear science. It is such a person journey for me – as  baby boomer – to join David as he recalls his adventures and explorations first of the mighty locomotives that rushed through his boyhood town; then the fascination with cameras, video and finally the explosion into the virtual worlds of games and avatars, and all things digital. And at the end of the book it is dizzying to look back with David and see just what an exciting journey we have been on – and as I turned the last page I couldn’t help but feel a little pang of sadness that such a good book had ended and a little twinge of wonder at what technology might bring next.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a wonderful read!

Edita Kaye


Association of Virtual Worlds

Florida, USA

"Gadgets to God" a fascinating journey on both a personal and technical front. Thoroughly enjoyable.

David Timson

Leicester, UK

“An unusual gem of a book, written with a highly engaging, good-humoured style and packed with personal anecdotes. And it’s the people, incidents, situations and calamities which David uses so effectively as a framework to describe the rich tale of the technologies that have shaped and influenced his life and ours so dramatically over the past 60 years. The book works well on several levels: for some it will be a shared nostalgic trip, reminding me of the little joys and privations I had long since forgotten, but for Generation X it provides a stark reminder that, yes, there actually was life before the internet and the iPad. For everyone else it should simply be a very enjoyable read.”

Tim Neill



Brighton, UK

“I totally recommend "From Gadgets to God", it is the story of a man who has lived through exponential, life changing advances in technology and has embraced the new and unknown with boundless energy and curiosity. The book isn’t just a fascinating read about the potential of technology, but is also a window into the ups and downs of a human life and you can’t help but be warmed by David’s humour, passion and joie de vivre.”

Vicky Rose

Coventry, UK

"Gadgets to God", written in first person, is an interesting retrospective on the incredible progress that humanity has achieved because of technology advances in the last 60 years. This book highlights the lights and shadows of the technology and its use and development. The book confronts us with technology face to face, through the challenges and opportunities that its use requires.

It is simple and fun reading this book, because David is talking in first person through the his personal experiences. But it also leads us to reflect deeply about the benefits and the future of the technology. I highly recommend reading "Gadgets to God"!! I have no doubt this book will not leave you indifferent to the challenges and opportunities we all face.!!”

Julio Alcolado Santos

Madrid, Spain

“David's book captures so well the experience of a generation that went from "Push Button A" to the power of the internet in the palm of your hand - and the ability of people to adapt and assimilate the rapid changes of the last 6 decades.”

Bob Bridges

Market Harborough,


“Transformations are exciting and scary for any company, for it is in those times that challenges and opportunities come into the clearest focus.  David Wortley has done us a favor by writing about the market, technology, and competitive transformations he's experienced in a career of creating, maintaining, and transforming a small business venture.  He doesn't shy away from relating both the high and low points, making it highly interesting for those who have also run a small business and highly insightful for those about to launch one.  It reminds us all how important it is to prepare for the inevitable shifts in the business environment.  Moreover, David interprets the entire history in light of what our choices may be doing to our future.  Whether you agree or not, I think he will make you think, and he may just help you run a better business and lead a better life.”

Bill Harris

International Technology Consultant

Portland, USA

"David and I go back a long way and shared the joy - and misery - of exploring a "whole new world of education delivery". Our bonds are deep and lasting; it should therefore come as no surprise that I strongly commend this book -- most especially to those outside our Choir.. Let me add this: In 2003 Harvard Professor Dr. James Moore wrote an extraordinarily compelling piece called "The Second Superpower".  What it portended became, in both fuel and megaphone for "The Arab Spring".  As David's book makes clear, there is an "Education Spring" in the offing -- coming soon to a desktop -- or Smart Phone - near you."

John Hibbs

Visionary Pioneer of Global E-Learning

Eugene, USA

“It's all your fault!! I only got 4 hours of sleep last night. I thought I would just read the preface and the index before bed, and ended up reading a 100 pages. I could not put it down! I love it, it's quite a curved ball as I didn’t expect quite such smorgasbord of interesting anecdotes and IT history. The book is quite unique and very enjoyable. To me it's also a valuable record of a pivotal time - beautifully captured with an endearing gaucheness and emotion that can not fail to touch the reader"

Sally Ann Moore International Conference Director

Groisy, France

“Thank you very much for your wonderful book. Compliment! I share many of your observations, feelings and experiences. Very exciting insights into a most powerful technological and societal transformation. Thanks a lot in particular for the hints to the Global Society Dialogue, Reisensburg Castle and other activities.”

Prof Dr Dr F J Radermacher

Ulm, Germany

“I loved this book. It is a nostalgic look back at the rise of the machine and a peek into the digital future, tempered with warm and funny anecdotes from the authors life and idyllic childhood. It made me laugh out loud several times whilst giving me insight and understanding of the evolution of the digital technology we all take for granted.”

Jacqueline Cawston

Programmes Director

Coventry UK

“It's amazing how creative and original David is with his idea of following a parallel story of his life and of technological changes describing how the latter influence the former! Even something that could potentially be cold and factual like technology ends up capturing you and the whole narrative engages readers in an emotional flow that pauslessly brings them from the very beginning to the end without even noticing, through more than 350pages!”

Lucia Pannese

Managing Director

Milan, Italy

“Gadgets to God is a lucid, simple and understandable practical guide which inspires thoughts and ideas on the history and development of Information Technology as well as the pros and cons of these changes in technology and their impact on business and society.”

Roger Haw

Chairman cum Founder

Penang, Malaysia

“Gadgets to God – Reflecting on our changing relationship with technology is really a wonderful piece of work”

Prof. Dr Changlin Wang

Executive Director



“David Wortley’s new book, Gadgets to God, is very interesting, informative, and thought- provoking. It discusses the impact of machines and key technologies on society and the future of humankind. This publication takes its readers on a unique journey through fifty years of special gadgets and technologies that have changed the way we live, work, and play. The author (David Wortley) is a very talented and bright international conference speaker and writer for various global publications. “

Prof Dana M Barry


New York, USA

“Have just finished reading Gadgets to God. I really enjoyed it and found it very enlightening. I especially liked the chapters about family life. It is a very well written book.”

Gail Edenbrow

Calpe, Spain

“Really I enjoyed your new book 'Gadgets to God'. Your rapidly changing world is impressive, really you lived 'during interesting times'. Maybe your biography and experience are the most well suited to contemporary dynamic time, environment and research? Especially interesting to me are chapters 7 and further: your experience in Adaptive Learning and Immersive Technology is really invaluable. You supported so many people and projects, thank you so much! This is my first impression on the book, I will read it again and again, let's say the philosophy-oriented chapter 8. Success to you and your business. “

Vladimir Jotsov

Sofia, Bulgaria

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