Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin EverythingSoonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love, but admit I don’t regularly follow Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. They think! My son got this book and shared with me when he finished. On top of being quite brilliant, they also had me literally (and I do mean that in its correct definition!) laughing out loud several times.

The authors looked at more-probable-than-not technologies that could might possibly someday come to fruition: cheap access to space, fusion power, augmented reality, synthetic biology…and more. “Looked at” is a gross understatement. They researched, examined, sifted, distilled, and summarized brilliantly the histories, how the world would be changed, current states, possibilities, concerns about the technologies and some things to take special notice for each.

And they do it with humor! Not too worry, though, just a few snarks and jokes inserted here and there. Like the difference between a geneticist and a genomicist: “This may sound like the genomicist is just smarter, but it’s kind of like the difference between a psychologist and a sociologist.” The footnote shreds!: “The former is wrong about individuals, the latter is wrong about groups.”

And the analogies! On why electroencephalograms are so limited (poor spatial resolution, among other reasons): “Imagine you have a giant sphere filled with a million cats. You have sound detectors all around the rim of the sphere, There is no outside interference because your friends have stopped speaking to you.”

The eleven pages of bibliography (in maybe 4 or 5 point font) are enough to keep me reading for the next 111 years. Brilliant. Well done. Highly recommended.

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