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

August 9, 2019 - Comment

The instant New York Times bestseller! A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year! A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year!  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

The instant New York Times bestseller!

A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year!

A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year! 

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.

Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays!

Comments

Anonymous says:

An inspiring and wonderful view of humanity This book is funny. If you follow Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, you would expect that. I bought the book figuring that would be enough. And the humor alone would have been a nice 4* review. But this book is more than funny. The authors clearly have an abiding passion for science. And for educating. And for humanity. And it all comes through.The most interesting part of the book comes at the end, when they point out that the people working on these technologies are…

Anonymous says:

Good Explanations of Possible Future Technologies If you enjoy SMBC, then you will (very likely) 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 what a possible future technology will do, its benefits and possible downsides, and they get a good spread of experts. The topics covered range from energy to biology to space travel.I didn’t notice any major errors in any of the areas I was familiar with and so would give…

Anonymous says:

Laughing and learning… if vegetables tasted like chocolate, they would be this book. Good for you & yummy (funny) too. I adore this book. It teaches about cutting edge technology while interjecting humor. I cannot count the number of times I said “what, really?” while reading it. You may annoy those around you by insisting they listen while you read out loud whole sections. I was flabbergasted by how much information I was absorbing while simultaneously being entertained.Each section outlines advancements in an area of science or technology, and then muses about how those advancements might…

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