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( Download Epub ) è Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Ú From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologiesWhat will the world of tomorrow be like How does progress happen And why do we not have a lunar colony already In this book, Zach and Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of the transformative technologies that are coming next from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered toasters and explain how they will change our world in astonishing ways By weaving together their own research, interviews with pioneering scientists and Zach s trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these innovations are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way 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 t 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 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 be.In 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 house.Access to space, asteroid minin 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 be.In 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 house.Access 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 males.A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books Why stop at seven margaritas when you can just print a new liver Predictions from futurists are not all equal or equally entertaining Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith s Soonish Ten Emerging Technologies That ll Improve and or Ruin Everything was interesting, compelling and replete with references to D D, 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 perc Why stop at seven margaritas when you can just print a new liver Predictions from futurists are not all equal or equally entertaining Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith s Soonish Ten Emerging Technologies That ll Improve and or 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 3.75 stars Q 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 c Q There 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 wrong For most people, the pleasure of reading this study was the discovery that certain individuals were not just intolerable moron Q 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 c Q There 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 wrong For 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 evenexciting 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 c Q The big discontinuous leaps, like the laser and the computer, often depend on unrelated developments in different fields c Q Consider 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 c Q The 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 c Q We 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 c Q There are also people who become cynical because they thought we d have fusion power or weekend trips to Venus by now c Q For 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 c Q The road to Mars may be paved with small discounts c