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What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the holdup?
In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research and interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.
New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, Soonish investigates 10 different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.
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By See Reverse on 04-16-18
This book does a great job of walking through the technology trends of the current age, diving in to the consequences without getting as deep into it as Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The book is technically sound, interesting, well-written, and funny.
Fair warning: As an audiobook, you'll hear "footnote" a lot during the performance. You'll probably get used to it, but if you can't get past the steady interruption you'll be annoyed.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Lauri Clark on 11-23-17
There is absolutely nothing to dislike about this book.
The content, as complex and confounding as it is, was easy to understand and it really got me thinking.
The presentation, masterful. I love and share your sense of humor and will hold up with you during the uprising in 2027 (perhaps in a coffee shop in Bowling Green). If my science classes were taught by Zach & Kelly I would have had a much greater understanding of all things science and probably be continuing Einsteins work today.
Footnote: It’s my opinion and I have a right to it!
Please make more stuff like this...
9 of 9 people found this review helpful