Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up?In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research,...

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  • Virginia

    This is a really fun collection of ten technologies currently in R&D. The Weinersmiths combine fact and humor to create a book that's so informative and silly you'll want to read it again and again.

    Zach Weinersmith is the creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a popular geek webcomic great for fans of XKCD. His wife, Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, is an accomplished scientist whose work has been featured through many popular science venues. They worked together to explain complicated technol

    This is a really fun collection of ten technologies currently in R&D. The Weinersmiths combine fact and humor to create a book that's so informative and silly you'll want to read it again and again.

    Zach Weinersmith is the creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a popular geek webcomic great for fans of XKCD. His wife, Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, is an accomplished scientist whose work has been featured through many popular science venues. They worked together to explain complicated technology and science in such a way that those who last took a science class in high school can understand what they're talking about. Their combined wit and self-deprecating humor make the writing exciting while Zach's cartoons help break up all the heavy concepts with a good laugh. Personally, I find that if I'm laughing while learning, the concepts stick with me better.

    For anyone who enjoys books like WHAT IF? and science podcasts, this will be an excellent book to add to your shelf. This is a great informative book about what technologies are being researched and which ones might come out soonish.

    ***I read this book thanks to an ARC I received***

  • Lisa Kucharski

    Enjoyed the book and the humor involved. It's nice to see what different people are seeing as the "on the horizon" tech. It's written with humor but also explains the reality of where things are and how far they are from happening be it, costly to well... we haven't worked out all the bugs yet... hmmm.

    The book covers 10 "areas". 1. Space Traveling. 2. Asteroid Mining 3. Fusion Power. 4. Programmable Matter (my fave) 5. Robotic Construction. 6. Augmented Reality 7. Synthetic Biology (yikes). 8. P

    Enjoyed the book and the humor involved. It's nice to see what different people are seeing as the "on the horizon" tech. It's written with humor but also explains the reality of where things are and how far they are from happening be it, costly to well... we haven't worked out all the bugs yet... hmmm.

    The book covers 10 "areas". 1. Space Traveling. 2. Asteroid Mining 3. Fusion Power. 4. Programmable Matter (my fave) 5. Robotic Construction. 6. Augmented Reality 7. Synthetic Biology (yikes). 8. Precision Medicine (still tricky). 9. Bioprinting (like as in to print a liver) 10 Brain Computer Interface (fork in the brain)

    Then it ends with chapters that didn't make it.

    If you have a nerd friend and are wondering what to get them this would be a good book, though you should also check to see they don't have it already. I'm reading an advanced copy so I didn't get to see the color cartoons which are throughout the book as well.

    The best thing about the book is the examination of where we are and why things are slowly progressing... that analysis of what it takes to make something happen... the shining idea and the crash of reality. However the way people are approaching the reality to make things happen are very interesting.

    If you need a good dose of humor with your science probably a good book for you. I just like humor everywhere so it works for me.

  • Marie

    This book delves into technological realms that the authors feel could see gigantic leaps in our access to and use of in the future.  This novel was written by a brother and sister pair, the former,  a celebrated cartoonist and the latter, a noted researcher.  They interviewed many scientists across various fields of study to learn about up and coming technologies.  They start each segment by explaining where we are with a certain technology, then discuss where research is heading, what the futu

    This book delves into technological realms that the authors feel could see gigantic leaps in our access to and use of in the future.  This novel was written by a brother and sister pair, the former,  a celebrated cartoonist and the latter, a noted researcher.  They interviewed many scientists across various fields of study to learn about up and coming technologies.  They start each segment by explaining where we are with a certain technology, then discuss where research is heading, what the future could  be like, potential advantages, concerns and pitfalls.    Interspersed within this writing are many nerdy scientific jokes and cartoons to help lighten the reading.  The humor is the kind you would expect from scientists, not the laugh out loud kind.  That said, I did appreciate the diversion.

    The ten areas explored in the book are: 1. Cheap Access to Space, 2. Asteroid Mining, 3. Fusion Power, 4. Programmable Matter, 5. Robotic Construction, 6. Augmented Reality, 7. Synthetic Biology, 8. Precision Medicine, 9. Bioprinting and 10. Brain-Computer Interfaces.  There were some chapters, especially the medical ones, where I found I knew much of the content, but still the future applications were quite interesting.  Other chapters were completely new to me and I was grateful to this book for enlightening me.  Depending on your background, you may find the presentation of information simplistic or you may find it mind blowing.  For the average lay person without a scientific background, this book is a wonderful introduction to emerging technologies and what we might expect in the future.  I also found myself envisioning ideas for futuristic science fiction novels while reading this.  There is much food for thought here.

    I like that the authors are bringing much of what is currently exciting about science and technology to greater attention in a very readable format.  I recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about the topics mentioned above.  I am also grateful to the Book Riot 2017 Read Harder Challenge for pushing me to read harder and choose a book in this category.  I'm glad I did!

  • Patrick

    I was bamboozled.

    I read a fantastic book called “Filmish” which uses a comic-book format to discuss the history of cinema.

    When I saw a book called “Soonish”, which promised “a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies”, I imagined a science-focused “Filmish”.

    This was not that book.

    The illustrations were sparse and amateurish, the humor falls flat in most places, and although the science is accurate enough, the writing is juvenile and condescending at times.

    This book would be

    I was bamboozled.

    I read a fantastic book called “Filmish” which uses a comic-book format to discuss the history of cinema.

    When I saw a book called “Soonish”, which promised “a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies”, I imagined a science-focused “Filmish”.

    This was not that book.

    The illustrations were sparse and amateurish, the humor falls flat in most places, and although the science is accurate enough, the writing is juvenile and condescending at times.

    This book would be a lot shorter (and better) without the poor illustrations and lame attempt at humor.

  • Paperclippe

    If you're a citizen of the internet, you've seen Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Trust me, you have. If you think you haven't, go google "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal," and then be like, "Oh yeah, that," and then come back to this review.

    So, Zach and Kelly wrote a book.

    Pals, it's fantastic.

    So, it's funny. You were probably expecting that.

    So, it's got comics. You were probably expecting that.

    What you might not have been expecting was one of the most thoroughly researched, best explained,

    If you're a citizen of the internet, you've seen Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Trust me, you have. If you think you haven't, go google "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal," and then be like, "Oh yeah, that," and then come back to this review.

    So, Zach and Kelly wrote a book.

    Pals, it's fantastic.

    So, it's funny. You were probably expecting that.

    So, it's got comics. You were probably expecting that.

    What you might not have been expecting was one of the most thoroughly researched, best explained, unbiased looks at the future of technology and how it will change our world and ourselves. And that, actually, is the majority of what you get in Soonish. It's deeply insightful, very thorough, and incredibly easy to understand, even if you have absolutely - and I mean absolutely - no background in any of the hugely daunting topics, from robotics to bioethics, presented.

    Also it's funny and there are comics.

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    I had problems with the layout and illustrations but that may have to do with the way I approach books. fairly good on the science with one misstep. i think she underestimates the prospects for quantum computing which might be on the verge of taking off as I write. Anyway not a book for me but that doesn't mean it is a bad book.

  • Sintija Buhanovska

    "Soonish" ir grāmata, kurā autori zinātniski asprātīgā veidā pastāsta par 10 šobrīd aktuālām tehnoloģiju tendencēm, kas, iespējams, jau drīz mainīs vai vismaz ietekmēs mūsu ikdienu. No Visuma izpētes līdz iedzimtu slimību izskaušanai - tik plaša ir grāmatas tematika. Lai lasīšana būtu aizraujošāka, darbā ir gana asprātīgas karikatūras, turklāt visnotaļ sarežģītās zinātniskās idejas autori prot izklāstīt koncentrēti, izmantojot salīdzinājumus un humoru. Darbs, kuru šobrīd slavē un aicina izlasīt

    "Soonish" ir grāmata, kurā autori zinātniski asprātīgā veidā pastāsta par 10 šobrīd aktuālām tehnoloģiju tendencēm, kas, iespējams, jau drīz mainīs vai vismaz ietekmēs mūsu ikdienu. No Visuma izpētes līdz iedzimtu slimību izskaušanai - tik plaša ir grāmatas tematika. Lai lasīšana būtu aizraujošāka, darbā ir gana asprātīgas karikatūras, turklāt visnotaļ sarežģītās zinātniskās idejas autori prot izklāstīt koncentrēti, izmantojot salīdzinājumus un humoru. Darbs, kuru šobrīd slavē un aicina izlasīt arī ārzemju biznesa žurnāli. Iesaku izlasīt tiem, kuri ikdienā par tehnoloģijām un zinātni neinteresējas, bet reizēm vēlas saprast, kas tad īsti notiek.

  • Jose Moa

    It is about a indeterminate but near in time future,it extrapoles but not too much already existing technologies ,for in some way depict the world of tomorrow,mainly in the biological,medical,astronautic and information and comunication tecnologies,all with its advantages and dangers,the book also explains the today situation of technologies as astronautic,nuclear fussion reactors,3D printing,augmented reality,brain-computer interfaces,sinthetic biology etc.

    The book written by a scientific and a

    It is about a indeterminate but near in time future,it extrapoles but not too much already existing technologies ,for in some way depict the world of tomorrow,mainly in the biological,medical,astronautic and information and comunication tecnologies,all with its advantages and dangers,the book also explains the today situation of technologies as astronautic,nuclear fussion reactors,3D printing,augmented reality,brain-computer interfaces,sinthetic biology etc.

    The book written by a scientific and a cartoonist is permeated with a many times fine humor and cartoons and gives a lot of intersting information.

    Recomended for those that would like know the situation of leading tecnologies and its near future.

  • Vegantrav

    is a rarity among popular science books on the technology of the future: it addresses but moves beyond the scientific aspects of the technology and asks and largely answers questions of feasibility and economics. Sadly, the answer for many of the fields that the authors address is that the technology is still so primitive that it is not feasible in the near future and may not be feasible for even many decades hence or even ever, and even for the technology that is feasible, the costs are

    is a rarity among popular science books on the technology of the future: it addresses but moves beyond the scientific aspects of the technology and asks and largely answers questions of feasibility and economics. Sadly, the answer for many of the fields that the authors address is that the technology is still so primitive that it is not feasible in the near future and may not be feasible for even many decades hence or even ever, and even for the technology that is feasible, the costs are often so outrageous that, barring major changes to national and international economies, it is unlikely that the technologies will ever be fully developed because the cost is so prohibitive.

    The book is very grounded in reality, and so the general tone about the development of the future technologies examined is on the pessimistic side, but the book is still very informative and is seasoned with just the right amount of humor and a conversational tone to keep it from being overly technical. It's written by authors who are themselves non-experts in the fields that they are discussing, so the material is readily accessible to anyone who is reasonably scientifically literate.

  • Matty-Swytla

    Well, this is a good book for people who know very little about latest technologies and developing scientific fields, but it may fall a little short for those who know more. It's still a good overview of most promising technologies and I'd recommend it, but somehow I expected a little more. I understand science had to be brought to a very simple level, but a little trust in readers wouldn't go amiss. The humour, though, didn't just fall flat but completely missed the point too many times to coun

    Well, this is a good book for people who know very little about latest technologies and developing scientific fields, but it may fall a little short for those who know more. It's still a good overview of most promising technologies and I'd recommend it, but somehow I expected a little more. I understand science had to be brought to a very simple level, but a little trust in readers wouldn't go amiss. The humour, though, didn't just fall flat but completely missed the point too many times to count. It was also a bit too immature for my taste and sometimes painfully shoved in when no humour was needed. (But kudos for trying to make science books more fun.)

    I did enjoy the space exploration chapter, which is my favourite of the book, but that doesn't outwigh the troubles this book slowly compiled. I was also disappointed in the cartoons that often didn't contribute to the science but tried to interject some more humour. Why not let pictures speak for themselves, illustrate the technologies, rather than the authors arguing with each other?

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