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An optimist's tour of the future - one curious man sets out to answer "what's next?"
Mark Stevenson
Paperback / softback
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In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly
, a smart and entertaining guide to the future.

Mark Stevenson-a writer, deep thinker, and stand-up comedian-set
out simply, asking, "What's next for our species?" and then traveled
the globe in pursuit of the answers. Along the way, he visited the
Australian outback to visit the farmers who can save us from climate
change, met a robot with mood swings, and talked to the Spaniard who's
putting a hotel in space. While some might be overwhelmed, or even
dismayed by the looming realities of genome sequencing, synthetic
biology, a nuclear renaissance, and carbon scrubbing, Stevenson
remains, well, optimistic. Drawing on his singular humor and
storytelling to break down these sometimes complicated discoveries,
An Optimist's Tour of the Future paints a wonderfully readable,
and completely enthralling portrait of where we'll be when we grow up- and why it's not so scary.

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Mark Stevenson is codirector of Flow Associates, Britain's most
respected cultural learning consultancy, and ReAgency, a leading
organization that promotes science communication. He lives in London.

"Stevenson describes our future's possibilities with a journalist's eye
for detail, a teacher's knack for translating complexities, and a
comic's wry commentary." - Christian Science Monitor

"A series of sharp and fascinating interviews with technological
innovators and scientific visionaries." - Wall Street Journal

"Stevenson surveys a huge number of research fields - synthetic
biology, nanotech, robotics and alternative energy to name just a few -
in labs on nearly every continent, and weaves the most promising
aspects of each into one grand vision. ... The book is a refreshing
reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists." - The New Scientist

"Stevenson does a great job of delivering all the facts with a sense of
wonder and curiosity... I highly recommend this book." - Wired's Geek Dad

"From longevity science to robotics to cancer research, Stevenson
explores the most cutting-edge ideas in science and technology from
around the world, the important ethical and philosophical questions
they raise, and, perhaps most importantly, the incredible potential for
innovation through the cross-pollination of these different ideas and
disciplines." - The Atlantic

Keyword Index
Research - Forecasting.|Technological forecasting.|Technological innovations - Forecasting.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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