AN Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?"

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In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future of civilization

When unexpectedly confronted with his own mortality, Mark Stevenson- a writer, deep-thinker, and stand-up comedian-began to ponder what the future holds for our species. "The past is a foreign country," writes Stevenson. "By my analysis it's a bit like France-in that I've been to parts of it and eaten some nice food there. But the future? The ...

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Overview

In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future of civilization

When unexpectedly confronted with his own mortality, Mark Stevenson- a writer, deep-thinker, and stand-up comedian-began to ponder what the future holds for our species. "The past is a foreign country," writes Stevenson. "By my analysis it's a bit like France-in that I've been to parts of it and eaten some nice food there. But the future? The future is an unknown territory-and there isn't a guidebook." Thus, his ambition was born.

Stevenson set out simply, asking, "What's next?" and then traveled the globe in pursuit of the answers. Along the way, he visited the Australian outback to visit the farmers who can save us from climate change, met a robot with mood swings, and talked to the Spaniard who's putting a hotel in space. While some might be overwhelmed, or even dismayed by the looming realities of genome sequencing, synthetic biology, a nuclear renaissance, and carbon scrubbing, Stevenson remains, well, optimistic. Drawing on his singular humor and storytelling to break down these sometimes complicated discoveries, An Optimist's Tour of the Future paints a wonderfully readable, and completely enthralling portrait of where we'll be when we grow up- and why it's not so scary.

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What's Next, indeed? With the media fixated on predictions of global warming, nuclear terrorism, and worldwide hunger, futurologist/stand-up comedian Mark Stevenson decided to travel the world to find out what's really next on our agenda. His improvised personal survey took him to the Australian outback and an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean and introduced him to hopeful visionaries and at least one robot with a mood swing disorder. An Optimist's Tour of the Future features a wealth of useful information and an overflowing bushel of uplifting stories to keep you entertained and hopeful.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781583334140
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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Mark Stevenson is codirector of Flow Associates, Britain's most respected cultural learning consultancy, and ReAgency, a leading organization that promotes science communication. He lives in London.

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