"'Certainly one of the most interesting science books I've read for a long time.' (New Statesman) 'A rollicking roller-coaster ride around the cutting edge of science with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments' (Scotsman) '[A] grand tour of charismatic technologies and their prophets... Stevenson bags an impressive list of interviewees' (Financial Times) 'Infectiously enthusiastic' (Sunday Times)"
One curious man's journey to find out 'what's next?'
From the Back Cover
'Puts the trends of tomorrow's world into perspective with a quizzical, fast-paced, quick-witted tour of the scientific horizon.' The Times Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet transhumanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean and to Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer. He clambers around space planes in the Mojave desert, gets to grips with the potential of nanotechnology, delves deep into the possibilities of biotech, has his genome profiled, and glimpses the next stage of human evolution. Insightful and often very funny, An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a book that tracks one curious man's journey to find out 'what's next?' 'A grand tour of charismatic technologies and their prophets ... Stevenson bags an impressive list of interviewees.' Financial Times 'A refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists.' New Scientist
About the Author
Mark Stevenson divides his time between running agencies for science communications and cultural learning and performing and writing comedy. He lives in Telegraph Hill, south London.