Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/or Ruin Everything

Book - 2017
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The instant New York Times bestseller!

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 hold-up?

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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2017.
ISBN: 9780399563829
Branch Call Number: 601.12 Weinersm 10/2017
Characteristics: 358 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Weiner, Zach 1982-- Author


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Jun 02, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and I feel as if it deserved a better rating. I think it's a good read for people interested in science in general and it explores a broad variety of new experiments and possibilities. Although the humor incorporated within it doesn't always hit the mark, the book did make me laugh on several occasions.


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