on 17 March 2014
Ramez Naam did a great job at explaining clearly and in an enjoyable manner what to expect of the future in the years to come, and what is already possible now.
The book is already 9 years old, but remains useful today. Experimental drugs mentioned in the book like EUK-8 and EUK-134 are still in the clinical trial phase. It's also interesting to see how some predictions happened so much faster than expected. On p.122, the author says that it will be possible to sequence a whole human genome for $1000 in 2035. This has actually happening this year, in 2014 - 21 years earlier that people thought in 2005. This shows how some technologies progress exponentially rather than linearly, and that the world will change very quickly in the years to come.
I only have two criticism. The first is that there were a bit too many typing mistakes (a dozen), a sign that the editor was not very good. The second is that Ramez Naam spends a bit too much time at the beginning trying to convince his readers that we shouldn't be afraid to embrace new advances in science such as gene therapy. Since I am not a Christian fundamentalist that doesn't concern me, and it probably won't concern most people who buy a book on biological enhancement.