New York Times, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Discover bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact...and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide listeners on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives. From the ways science and technology are fundamentally altering our bodies and our world (the world's first bionic soldier, the future of evolution) to those explosive collisions between science and culture (life extension and bioweapons), we're crossing moral and ethical lines we've never faced before.
As Kotler writes, "Life is tricky sport - and that's the emotional core of this story, the real reason we can't put Pandora back in the box. When you strip everything else away, technology is nothing more than the promise of an easier tomorrow. It's the promise of hope. And how do you stop hope?"
Join Kotler in this fascinating exploration of our incredible next: a deep dive into those future technologies happening now - and what it means to be a part of this brave new world.
"Bionic Man" first appeared in Playboy, July 2012; "Everlasting: The Genius Who Sticks Around Forever" first appeared in New York Times Magazine, June 2000; "Extreme States" first appeared in Discover, July 2005; "Evolution's Next Stage" first appeared in Discover, February 2013; "Vision Quest” first appeared in Wired, September 2002; "Re-Engineering the Everglades" first appeared in Wired, February 2002; "The Buckaroo Bonzai" first appeared in Make, January 2013; "Meltdown or Motherload" first appeared on EcoHearth.com, November 2013; "Space: The Final Sport Frontier" first appeared on Slate.com, March 2014; "Building a Better Mosquito" first appeared on Salon.com, January 2004; "The Great Galactic Gold Rush" first appeared in Playboy, October 2010; "The Psychedelic Renaissance" first appeared in Playboy, March 2010; "Sympathy for the Devil" first appeared in LA Weekly, July 2005; "The Final Frontier" first appeared in LA Weekly, January 2003; "Hacking the President's DNA" first appeared in Atlantic, November 2012; "The God of Sperm" first appeared in LA Weekly, September 2007.
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"Interesting but not what I expected"
This book is quite interesting to losten. But my expectations were much higher. I thought it will spark a huge interest in me to speculate and discuss our future development with friends. Like gadgets installed in our hands, no more screens etc. it covers these issues just a little bit. I think this book could have been focused on one or two subjects and cover them in greater detail. Instead of dispersing an attention all over the place.
"Covers a lot of different topics in many industries"
Very interesting and facilitating technology discussed. Some sections drag on a bit and you feel like you're watching a documentary. Good research and evidence presented but you have no doubt on the political leanings of the author as he paints one side favorable and the other to be ignorant, science-stopping roadblocks. However, good book overall that gets you thinking about the technology of tomorrow.
"Well written, but lacking in evidence"
The author has done a decent job crafting his words, and the narrator a good job at delivering them, but unfortunately this book is rather lacking in content. Most of the book is spent bringing up potential technologies, and then, without any sort of evidence of performance, the author repeatedly imposes science fiction upon what is meant to be science fact. Disappointing, unfortunately not the book described In the summary.
"An interesting and in many ways random journey"
I would say it is good; but it wasn't one that I necessarily went crazy recommending.
Can't think of one that I have read that is comparable.
It made go "hmmm"
The journey of this book takes a few left turns but ultimately is very informative and insightful on the areas it focuses on.
"Pretty good overall"
This book covered a lot of topics. A few were a bit boring. Good though.
"Entertaining,and impressive depth of research."
Rare to come accross a book that entertains and fascinates and yet has still managed to do a good depth of research on such a diffuse range of topics,well written and well presented.
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