Imagine being able to run without getting tired. Or travel to the moon to observe Earth for science class. The technologies that could make these things possible are mixing into our lives faster than we realize. The stakes are high. In Superpower?: The Wearable-Tech Revolution, young readers will discover how technological innovation can help people survive and thrive.
But what if super strength results in endless work? What if hackers can read our thoughts? What if living in a virtual world affects our humanity? The book asks readers to question the pros and cons of technology and consider if innovation can go too far. Meet the inventors, designers, engineers, scientists and young people navigating the next tech frontier.
About the Author
Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food. She lives in Campbell, California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Our Wearable World 5
What Is Wearable Technology? 6
Wearables Have a Long History 11
Cyborg Celebrity 14
Chapter 2 Wearables are Changing How we Live 21
Tracking People and Pandemics 21
Helping People with Disabilities 24
Shaping Our Experiences with Immersive Technologies 28
Improving Life in Real Time 36
Chapter 3 We're Augmenting Our Humanness 43
Brain-Computer Interfaces 44
Lab-Grown Human Organs and Tissues: The Ultimate Wearables 51
Skin Interfaces 52
Fashion + Tech = Way More Than a New Look 54
Are Wearables Good Teammates? 57
Chapter 4 Are We Crossing the Line? 59
"Mind-Melding"-Let's Talk about Telepathy 59
Virtual Bodies-Let's Talk about Telepresence 62
Let's Talk 66
Chapter 5 How do we Design Responsible Technology? 71
Set Up! 72
Rise Up! 82
Team Up! 88
You, Me, Everyone-We're Part of the Responsible-Design Team 91
What People are Saying About This
“While at first glance Superpower? might seem like ‘just a science book,’ the book goes way beyond the science of this technology to explore the critical need for moral, principled, ethical, and diverse humans to guide its design and usage. As a social studies teacher, I look forward to using this book to delve into inquiry questions like, ‘Just because we can, should we?’ and ‘Is the power unleashed by technology worth it?’...Superpower? is detailed and introduces the reader to technical language, but it is accessible and doesn’t lose sight of its middle grades audience. I look forward to sharing Superpower? not just with my students, but with any colleague interested in STEAM, social sciences, or issues of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion.
“#RWYK Certified Great Read! Congratulations to Elaine Kachala!! Our latest certified great read! Kids love wearable technology. This book gives them the information they need to get inspired and to change the future.”