Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

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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 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.

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Title:Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399563829
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  • Virginia

    This is a really fun collection of ten technologies currently in R&D. The Weinersmiths combine fact and humor to create a book that's so informative and silly you'll want to read it again and again. Z...

  • Patrick

    I was bamboozled.I read a fantastic book called “Filmish” which uses a comic-book format to discuss the history of cinema.When I saw a book called “Soonish”, which promised “a hilariously il...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    I had problems with the layout and illustrations but that may have to do with the way I approach books. fairly good on the science with one misstep. i think she underestimates the prospects for quantu...

  • Vegantrav

    Soonish is a rarity among popular science books on the technology of the future: it addresses but moves beyond the scientific aspects of the technology and asks and largely answers questions of feasib...

  • Lisa Kucharski

    Enjoyed the book and the humor involved. It's nice to see what different people are seeing as the "on the horizon" tech. It's written with humor but also explains the reality of where things are and h...

  • Cristina

    Power couple SMBC cartoonist & Rice University professor pick apart ten burgeoning fields of research: from space elevators, nanorobot swarms, 3D organ printing to brain-computer interfaces... and bey...

  • Kyle Bunkers

    If you enjoy SMBC, then you will enjoy this book. The authors do a good job of injecting their humor into well-done explanations of possible future technologies. They do a very fair job of evaluating ...

  • Sarah

    I am interested in finishing this, but it had a hold. Understandable and fun. Not sure what's up with the formatting-- frequently there is a big chunk of blank space after a paragraph, which the reade...

  • Paula Lyle

    This book is entirely entertaining and funny. Real science with irreverent humor and great stories. I'm not sure that I really got all the science, but that is not the fault of the authors. Very inter...