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  1. says:

    I devour tech nonfiction books especially those who give a good overview and I tend to incidentally analyze how the authors' professions ideas and outlook influence how different the future extrapolations can beIn this case it´s as perfect as it can be because Weinersmith is a parasitologist with a progressive perspective on the ten mostly techy topics and most importantly a podcaster who knows how to entertain an audience Jay no dry science in the houseAccess to space asteroid mining fusion power programmable matter robotics AR synthetic biology bioprinting and brain computer interfaces are some of the stars of a close future I like this fresh not so techy agenda and bias free look at technologies as books with this kind of overview and prognostic character often tend to have elements of subliminal messaging towards pro humanities transhumanism pro tech pro philosophy that let the focus escalate in just one direction ignoring many key elements that wouldn´t fit to the wished reasoning Yes it are often books written by malesA wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books

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    “Why stop at seven margaritas when you can just print a new liver?” Predictions from futurists are not all eual or eually entertaining Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith's Soonish Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve andor Ruin Everything was interesting compelling and replete with references to DD Star Trek Star Wars and the robot uprising of 2027 was relatable in a geeky way Weinersmith looks at how emerging technologies will impact our everyday reality and change our perception of our place in the universe Fusion energy the exploration and colonization of the solar system programmable matter augmented reality brain computer interfaces precision medicine and origami robots are all covered Some of what the Weinersmiths wrote about was surprising but regardless of how implausible any given prediction might be experts who are working out these innovations were interviewed and the status of their work assessed Easy to follow and read 375 stars

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    Fortunately predicting the future is pretty easy People do it all the time Getting your prediction right is a bit harder but honestly does anyone really care? cThere was a study in 2011 called “Are Talking Heads Blowing Hot Air” in which the predictive abilities of twenty six pundits were assessed Predictive powers ranged from mostly right to usually wrongFor most people the pleasure of reading this study was the discovery that certain individuals were not just intolerable morons but statistically intolerable morons From our perspective as pop science writers there was an even exciting result Regardless of their predictive prowess all these people still have jobs In fact a lot of the worst predictors were the most prominent public figures cThe big discontinuous leaps like the laser and the computer often depend on unrelated developments in different fields cConsider this If someone came to you two hundred years ago and asked how we might build a device to scan people’s brain patterns would your immediate response be “Well first we need to trap some gas in a glass tube”? cThe same difficulty holds for all the technologies in this book Whether we can build an elevator to space may depend on how good chemists get at arranging carbon atoms into little straws Whether we can make matter that assumes any shape we tell it to may depend on how well we understand termite behavior Whether we can build medical nanobots may depend on how well we understand origami Or maybe none of that stuff will end up mattering in the end There is nothing about history that necessarily had to be as it was cWe now know that the ancient Greeks could create complex gear systems but never constructed an advanced clock The ancient Alexandrians had a rudimentary steam engine but never designed a train The ancient Egyptians invented the folding stool four thousand years ago but never built an IKEA cThere are also people who become cynical because they thought we’d have fusion power or weekend trips to Venus by now cFor all these chapters we had to read a lot of technical books and papers and we had to talk to a lot of mildly crazy people Some were crazier than others and generally they were our favorites cThe road to Mars may be paved with small discounts c

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    This book delves into technological realms that the authors feel could see gigantic leaps in our access to and use of in the future  This novel was written by husband and wife pair the former a cartoonist and the latter a noted Rice University Researcher  They interviewed many scientists across various fields of study to learn about up and coming technologies  They start each segment by explaining where we are with a certain technology then discuss where research is heading what the future could  be like potential advantages concerns and pitfalls    Interspersed within this writing are many nerdy scientific jokes and cartoons to help lighten the reading  The humor is the kind you would expect from scientists not the laugh out loud kind  That said I did appreciate the diversionThe ten areas explored in the book are 1 Cheap Access to Space 2 Asteroid Mining 3 Fusion Power 4 Programmable Matter 5 Robotic Construction 6 Augmented Reality 7 Synthetic Biology 8 Precision Medicine 9 Bioprinting and 10 Brain Computer Interfaces  There were some chapters especially the medical ones where I found I knew much of the content but still the future applications were uite interesting  Other chapters were completely new to me and I was grateful to this book for enlightening me  Depending on your background you may find the presentation of information simplistic or you may find it mind blowing  For the average lay person without a scientific background this book is a wonderful introduction to emerging technologies and what we might expect in the future  I also found myself envisioning ideas for futuristic science fiction novels while reading this  There is much food for thought hereI like that the authors are bringing much of what is currently exciting about science and technology to greater attention in a very readable format  I recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning about the topics mentioned above  I am also grateful to the Book Riot 2017 Read Harder Challenge for pushing me to read harder and choose a book in this category  I'm glad I did

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    Imagine you are at a dinner party and you meet a new person let’s call him Bob Now you uickly realise that Bob is super intelligent and you start having the most interesting conversations The problem is Bob spits when he talks Its highly annoying and unhygienic and you end up cutting the chat shortReading this book was something like that The content is highly interesting but the way it was told was off puttingIf you can ignored the juvenile humour and the cringe worthy cartoons what you are left with is speculative science Looking at emerging sciencetechnology and how it could be applied in future Humor is always a tricky thing as not everyone things the same things are funny and there are obviously readers who loved this but for me it was a huge disappointment

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    You promised me Mars colonies and all I got was all of human knowledge indexed and available to everyone on Earth for free Remember watching Back to the Future and thinking we'd have hoverboards and self tying shoes by now? Does it ever frustrate you that technology doesn't progress FASTER than what it does? Like What the heck are those scientists doing? They can't grow us new bodies yet?? What's the big hold up this one is falling apart I love to read technology books and they're usually uite optimistic that all these new devices and medical procedures etc will be available in the very near future I am often left wondering If we already have experimental versions of these technologies why won't they be available for several years? The books make it seem so simple and I wonder why it's not as simple for those scientists creating these technologiesIn Soonish wife and husband team Kelly and Zach Weinersmith tell us exactly WHY They discuss 10 emerging technologies explaining what they are what we can do with them so far and why they don't yet do everything they theoretically canshould Sure you might think that it's oh so easy to build a space lift that will transport you from the ground to the international space station Well actually if that's what you're thinking you're wrong You probably should read this book to see why it's not uite as simple as you think it is The Weinersmiths delve into such areas as brain upgrades programmable matter mining on asteroids bioprinting new organs and many other interesting topics Whilst I didn't learn of any technologies I hadn't previously known about this book was still informative and a lot of fun The authors are incredibly witty and I often found myself laughing If you like comics there are several interspersed within the chapters normally comics aren't my thing but they somehow made this book even better If you like technology and you like to learn and you like to laugh whilst you're learning this is the book for you

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    Ok so here's the thing I really LOVE science Granted I'm not the greatest at maths but I love biology as well as chemistry and at least am really into what physics means lolWhich might be the reason why I also love non fiction books as much as any others if they are done right Moreover I've been a fan of comics and the age old what if uestion Ergo a book combining that sounded great Problem was it didn't work 100%I had never heard of the authors before but checked out some of Zach Weinersmith's comics after starting to read this book I don't mind his simplistic way of drawing but uite a number of panels just failed to make me laugh And unfortunately I had the same problem when reading this bookIt is clear that the authors have done their research and that Kelly Weinersmith especially knows her science and is very passionate about it Conseuently the book has some interesting albeit sometimes already outdated information on all kinds of inventions from space elevators and reusable rockets to 3D organ printing and deep space explorationI really like how they structured the book to give the reader a little bit of background to understand each topic incl some interesting history lessons then explain where we are currently before delving into what could be incl potential problemsSadly despite the slight humour the comics and despite me not even minding that some of the science was outdated already technology especially is such a fast evolving field that it's impossible not to fall behind when writing a book the book wasn't as good as I had hoped Still it is well written and one of those books that could enthuse some readers enough so that they check up on the topics mentioned here and if that is the case it's done its job For me personally it was a light refresher course on some things and an appetizer on others

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    If you're a citizen of the internet you've seen Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Trust me you have If you think you haven't go google Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and then be like Oh yeah that and then come back to this reviewSo Zach and Kelly wrote a bookPals it's fantastic So it's funny You were probably expecting thatSo it's got comics You were probably expecting thatWhat you might not have been expecting was one of the most thoroughly researched best explained unbiased looks at the future of technology and how it will change our world and ourselves And that actually is the majority of what you get in Soonish It's deeply insightful very thorough and incredibly easy to understand even if you have absolutely and I mean absolutely no background in any of the hugely daunting topics from robotics to bioethics presentedAlso it's funny and there are comics

  9. says:

    SoonishTen Emerging Technologies That Will Improve andor Ruin Everythingby Dr Kelly Weinersmith; Zach WeinersmithThis is a book I reuested from NetGalley and the review is voluntaryThis book is an informative and fun book to read Not only does it give the reader ideas for what might be coming along in the future and what that might mean for mankind good or bad but it is done in a very humorous way It sure got a few chuckles and giggles out of me That's the best way to read science Make it fun I would definitely recommend this to anyone A fun coffee table book bathroom reading book a book for that person who has everything Great job

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    This was such an interesting book I have to admit that some of the information is a little bit too complex for the average person but the humor imbedded into the book helps the reader to process all the information a little better There were some amazing ideas explored in the book such as a elevator to an asteroid to make space exploration cheaper meteor mining and advances in medicine but there were some crazy ones that seemed a little to farfetched such as mirror humans but overall this is a very solid book that presents very heavy information in a simplistic format

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