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A Pessimist's Tour Of The Future
on 28 May 2016
I loved this. It is grouped into eight chapters: Genes, Robots, Energy, The Internet, Nanotechnology, Food, Computers, and Space. So far, so much the stuff of sci-fi.
Except the authors have done extremely thorough research in what all the scientists, technologists and billionaires who are into this kind of thing are currently up to, and what they are hoping to bring into reality in the next ten to thirty years - this stuff is not very far away. The authors look at the down side of it all, and provide their own commentary with a great deal of sarcasm, an excellent sense of the ridiculous, and the occasional swear word. (To preserve their street cred.)
Babies could have their genes manipulated so they don't become left-wing voters. (You know, I would not put it past politicians to try that.....) Food is increasingly becoming more and more patented - what you put in your mouth is soon to be someone else's intellectual property. Your fridge and your toaster will be spying on you. People will be holidaying in space hotels just so they can boast of having made love in them. (Puts the Mile High Club into perspective.) And of course, robots could take over, aliens could invade, and nanobots could turn the entire planet into grey goo, but everybody knows that already.
Easygoing pop science, and great fun.