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  1. #1 Physics of the Future 
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    Just finished Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku and it was a very interesting read. Normally, I don't read futurist books as the authors ofter get it wrong. But Kaku addresses this in the Introduction. He points out that those who get it wrong usually fail to interview scientists. Those who get it right usually do. And he interviewed 300 for this book.

    He also points out that futurists usually fail to consider Cave Man thinking. As he points out, we are all the products of evolution and ancient ways still influence us. Thus the futurists who predicted the internet, right after it was invented, would be used exclusively for the exchange of academic information got it wrong. They failed to consider our cave man need for social connections and thus missed this powerful social aspect of the internet.

    Kaku divides the next century up into three groups (Near term: Now to 2030; Mid term: 2030 to 2070 and long term: 2070 to 2100.) He covers entertainment, energy, space, medicine, travel and other areas for all three periods and what he has to say is very interesting and pretty believable.

    I highly recommend it.


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    I haven't read the book, so thanks for pointing it out. I rather like that he considers 60-90 years from now long term. Although my son will likely still be alive by then, at the pace of current change, it about the longest that I think anyone should even try to protect society and technology.


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    He may have predicted it (lol @ irony), but I think the possibility of computer chips in everything is preposterous. We can't keep up with that. Power outages would be a thousand times as devastating, as would nuclear warfare, what with EMPs. You'd have to troubleshoot your shoes. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    That and I'm scared of that kind of future. Seriously, wtf. You'd exponentially increase complexity and marginally increase performance. I like simplicity.
    What would the Amish think?
    Nanotechnology is the same way. All these articles you read about in PopSci and the like, they speak of these nanobots that have cameras and power tools equipped, so they can scope out cancer cells and zap them with lasers via remote control or what have you, and I'm sure they'll have wifi for good measure. They're so optimistic... The future is in simplicity (as in, new systems), not in complication (as in, pimping old systems to absurd levels)... I'm calling shenanigans.
    I find it hard to believe that the only way to improve things like these is to complicate them into oblivion.
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    Thanks for referring this book.I was awaiting
    eagerly to know something about this book
    before i get into it.
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