Soonish :Material type: TextPublication details: New York : Penguin Press, 2017Description: 358 pages : illustrations; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780399563829 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0399563822 (hardcover : alk. paper)Other title: Emerging technologies that'll improve and/or ruin everythingSubject(s): Technological forecasting -- Popular works | Technological forecasting -- HumorDDC classification: 601.12
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Soonish: emphasis on the ish -- Section 1: The universe, soonish -- Cheap access to space: the final frontier is too damn expensive -- Asteroid mining: rummaging through the solar system's junkyard -- Section 2: Stuff, soonish -- Fusion power: it powers the Sun, and that's nice, but can it run my toaster? -- Programmable matter: what is all of your stuff could be any of your stuff? -- Robotic construction: build me a rumpus room, metal servant! -- Augmented reality: an alternative to fixing reality -- Synthetic biology: kind of like Frankenstein, except the monster spends the whole book dutifully making medicine and industrial inputs -- Section 3: You, soonish -- Precision medicine: everything that's wrong with you, in particular--a statistical approach -- Bioprinting: why stop at seven margaritas when you can just print a new liver? -- Brain-computer interfaces: because after four billion years of evolution you still can't remember where you put your car keys -- Conclusion: less soonisher, or The graveyard of lost chapters.
Presents an illustrated investigation into the technologies of the near future, from deep-space travel to 3D organ printing, to offer insight into how they will work and what is needed to advance their readiness.