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Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kid?s daily life might be like in the year 2030. Inspired and informed by trends and scientifi c and technological research, 2030 is not only a peek at some cool future gadgets (talking dog collars, cars that drive ...
Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kid?s daily life might be like in the year 2030. Inspired and informed by trends and scientifi c and technological research, 2030 is not only a peek at some cool future gadgets (talking dog collars, cars that drive themselves), but also a thoughtful examination of how our lives might be impacted as we adjust to environmental change.
A talking dog, a housecleaning robot, and a three-dimensional "data orb" are among the many cool features that kids might enjoy in the future, according to this lighthearted look at 2030. The breezy narrative follows one boy through a typical day, highlighting many interesting aspects of his world. Fanciful cartoon drawings show a lively and appealing world full of new and intriguing activities that correspond neatly to modern equivalents. Schools are now made from plasticized blocks that snap together, for example, while recess features virtual batting practice and a "smart trampoline." Recreational activities include magnetized hovering skateboards and a virtual-reality "Fanta-trek Center." Some social changes are briefly noted, such as new career paths and the increase of marriages between different ethnicities. Interaction with the natural world is not mentioned, although many of the new technologies have eco-friendly components and the food is all meatless and delicious. Illustrated sidebars provide a bit of additional information or background, but the emphasis here is more on what new technologies will do, rather than how they will work. The one exception to the fun comes in an inset paragraph about overpopulation and starvation in Africa, a jarring bit of realism in this otherwise worry-free existence. The day ends with a neat twist as the boy reaches for his favorite type of entertainment, which the final page turn reveals as "reading a book."-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
Posted May 14, 2010
This is a GREAT book for middle and grade school level kids. Even the Kindergarten, first and second graders (for whom this book would be too difficult to read) would enjoy having it read to them. It described various aspects of life now and compared it with innovations that will most likely be common in 20 years.
The book covers home and domestic life changes, school innovations and how the classroom will run and what tools the teachers will have at their disposal, technology incorporated into clothing, and my favorite, PLAYTIME INNOVATIONS! The skateboard park using magnetics for motion (featured on the cover) is a fascinating possibility.
The drawings are excellent; very colorful and support the descriptions very closely. This was very popular with my daughters 4th grade class at parent reading day. I told them this is a likely description of life for THEIR kids. They were fascinated by this glimpse into the world 20 years into their futures.
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Posted August 6, 2010
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