• An Optimist's Tour of the Future

  • By: Mark Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Mark Stevenson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-08-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (35 ratings)

Summary

Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Trans humanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer. He clambers around space planes in the Mojave desert, gets to grips with the potential of nanotechnology, delves deep into the possibilities of biotech, sees an energy renaissance on a printer, a revolution in communications, has his genome profiled, and glimpses the next stage of human evolution... and tries to make sense of what's in store. Insightful and often very funny, An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a book that tracks one curious man's journey to find out 'what's in store?'
©2012 Mark Stevenson (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic reviews

"Certainly one of the most interesting science books I've read for a long time." (New Statesman)
"A rollicking roller-coaster ride around the cutting edge of science with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments" (Scotsman)
"[A] grand tour of charismatic technologies and their prophets ... Stevenson bags an impressive list of interviewees." (Financial Times)
"He makes a good case for believing that we can have a future worth making an effort to reach." (Guardian)
"Mark Stevenson is the perfect tour guide: optimistic without being naive, fun but not silly, entertaining but enlightening." (Michael Brooks - author of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense)
"A refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists." (New Scientist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pete D on 22-08-18

Brilliant, now hurry up and get the 2nd book on.

Hurry up and get the 2nd book on audible! This was too good not to have an encore!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcus on 04-05-15

No fire and brimstone...

...what's a girl to do?! Thank God and gods for this view of the world. A view that means that we can, and should, take responsibility for making it better, not resorting to the malady of 'the other' - often remote in ideology, location and fortune.

Read it, listen to it and enjoy it. If you don't I can guarantee that the noise that you are listening to is probably the Titanic's onboard band. Enjoy your daiquiri at the bar. Or get in a boat and start rowing for the future.

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