An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "what's Next?"

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Avery, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 373 pages
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In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future of civilization

When unexpectedly confronted with his own mortality, Mark Stevenson- a writer, deep-thinker, and stand-up comedian-began to ponder what the future holds for our species. "The past is a foreign country," writes Stevenson. "By my analysis it's a bit like France-in that I've been to parts of it and eaten some nice food there. But the future? The future is an unknown territory-and there isn't a guidebook." Thus, his ambition was born.

Stevenson set out simply, asking, "What's next?" 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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Review: An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?"

User Review  - William Paunan - Goodreads

Fantastic read. When I felt disenfranchised that any depiction of the future had a sad, inevitable dystopia ending, I did a search and serendipitously found this book which reaffirmed my belief that human beings will make problems but ultimately we have the capacity to solve them. Read full review

Review: An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?"

User Review  - J. Ewbank - Goodreads

This book by Stevenson is about what we might expect in the future, how the human race may progress in several areas of science etc, based on where we are now or are almost are now. Anyone interested ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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

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