Soonish

Soonish

Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/or Ruin Everything

Book - 2017
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"From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies--from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing. 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, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, 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 ten 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."--Jacket.
Publisher: ©2017
New York :, Penguin Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399563829
0399563822
Branch Call Number: 601.12 Weinersmith
Characteristics: 358 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Weinersmith, Zach 1982-

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JessicaGma Jun 19, 2018

A very humourous and insightful look at near-future technologies from many different aspects. If you're a fan of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, the webcomic, you'll enjoy this quite a lot. It's also entertaining for armchair scientists.

squib Mar 05, 2018

Although the playful tone makes this a light read, the authors seem to be overlooking the social element in the course of looking at these technologies. Mining asteroids is expensive, and you'll need police because valuable things attract crime.

um, that's not really how that works.

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