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What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future

What Future: The Year's Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future


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One of The Smithsonian Magazine's Best Science Books of the Year
The future is here and, frankly, it sucks. Without doubt, our culture is at a crossroads. Political strife and economic crises are byproducts of a larger looming challenge, one in which we will have to ask ourselves what constitutes a meaningful life. We must do the hard work of imagining a different kind of reality for ourselves. It's work that anticipates the worst but sees hope on the other side of catastrophe, or at least possibility; that presumes disaster and says, now what?

A best-of-the-year anthology, What Future is a collection of long-form journalism and essays published in 2016 that address a wide range of topics crucial to our future, from the environmental and political, to human health and animal rights, to technology and the economy.

What Future includes writing from authors Elizabeth Kolbert, Jeff Vandermeer, Bill McKibben, Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as the scientists, journalists, and philosophers who are proposing the options that lay not just ahead, but beyond, in prestigious magazines and journals such as The Atlantic and The New Yorker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944700454
Publisher: The Unnamed Press
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, New America, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies.

Roy Scranton is the author of the novel War Porn (Soho Press, 2016) and the philosophical essay Learning to Die in the Anthropocene (City Lights, 2015). He is also one of the editors of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013).

Table of Contents


What a Science Fiction Writer Knows about Predicting the Future (Kim Stanley Robinson -Scientific American)
The Great A.I. Awakening (Gideon Lewis-Kraus - New York Times Magazine)
The Disturbing Science Behind Subconscious Gender Bias (Shoshana Kordova - The Establishment)
Hauntings in the Anthropocene (Jeff VanderMeer - Environmental Critique)
The Fight for Non-Human Rights (George Johnson - Pacific Standard)
Virtual Reality Reminds Users What It's Like to Be Themselves (Michael Clune – Atlantic)
Preventing Tomorrow's Climate Wars (Andrew Holland — Scientific American)
Africa & Energy (Erica Gies — Nature)
Our Automated Future (Elizabeth Kolbert - New Yorker)
The End of Code (Jason Tanz – Wired)

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