An Optimist's Tour of the Future

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Profile Books, Jan 1, 2011 - Research - 329 pages
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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 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, sees an energy renaissance on a printer, a revolution in communications, has his genome profiled, and glimpses the next stage of human evolution ... and tries to make sense of what's in store.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 in store?'

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

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After multiple times starting and getting distracted before making it to the fifth chapter, I started over recently and finished it! I was very into this book in many ways: the topics, style, flow and ... Read full review

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

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CHAPTER 1The worlds most dangerous idea
CHAPTER 2The most wondrous map
CHAPTER 3My lab should not be trusted
CHAPTER 4Can you turn all the buttons on?
CHAPTER 5Like explaining Shakespeare to a dog
CHAPTER 6Invisibly small and magical
CHAPTER 7The biggest baddest kid on the block
CHAPTER 11The black phantom
CHAPTER 12A little bit of a bloody big amount
CHAPTER 13The President is busy
CHAPTER 14Making a road where there isnt one
CHAPTER 15Future shock
CHAPTER 16So whats next?

CHAPTER 8A constant and complete intercourse
CHAPTER 9World leaders still dont get it
CHAPTER 10Here comes the sun and its alright

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Mark Stevenson is a writer, entrepreneur and ideas broker who speaks regularly on future narratives, innovation, belief systems and learning. He has written for The Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and The New Statesman, and is the author of the critically acclaimed An Optimist's Tour of the Future, which is being turned into a TV series. He is an adviser to the Virgin Earth Challenge and Trillion Fund.

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