Soonish

Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

Author: Kelly Weinersmith,Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399563830

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 368

View: 2057

The instant New York Times bestseller! A Wall Street Journal Best Science Book of the Year! A Popular Science Best Science Book of the Year! From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up? In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way. New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, Soonish investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish. Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays!

Soonish

Emerging Technologies That Will Improve And/or Ruin Everything

Author: DR. KELLY. WEINERSMITH WEINERSMITH (ZACH.),Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Particular Books

ISBN: 9781846148996

Category:

Page: 368

View: 8762

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologies What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why don't we have a lunar colony yet? In this witty and entertaining book, Zach and Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of the transformative technologies that are coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters - and explain how they will change our world in astonishing ways. By weaving together their own research, interviews with pioneering scientists and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these innovations are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

Soonish

Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything

Author: Dr. Kelly Weinersmith,Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1846149010

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 3378

From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, an illustrated investigation into future technologies What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why don't we have a lunar colony yet? In this witty and entertaining book, Zach and Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of the transformative technologies that are coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters - and explain how they will change our world in astonishing ways. By weaving together their own research, interviews with pioneering scientists and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these innovations are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

Drawing Physics

2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs

Author: Don S. Lemons

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262035901

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 1166

Drawings and short essays offer engaging and accessible explanations of key ideas in physics, from triangulation to relativity and beyond.

Science

Ruining Everything Since 1543

Author: Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780982853733

Category: Humor

Page: 266

View: 4968

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is at heart a geek comic, but it nevertheless addresses a broad range of topics, such as love, relationships, economics, politics, religion, science, and philosophy. It is one of the fastest growing comics online, having sextupled in readership since 2008. This is a compendium of the finest science-related strips from SMBC, featuring science stories from Phil Plait, Elizabeth Iorns Henry Reich, Ed Yong, Emily Lakdawalla, Sean Carroll, Christina Agapakis, and Adam Savage.

Save Yourself, Mammal!

A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection

Author: Zach Weiner

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780982853702

Category: Humor

Page: 88

View: 2952

Presents selections from the online comic which addresses a wide variety of themes, including love, relationships, politics, religion, and science.

The Naked Roommate

And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

Author: Harlan Cohen

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492645974

Category: Study Aids

Page: 560

View: 5491

For 10 years (and counting), The Naked Roommate has been the #1 go-to guide for your very best college experience! From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know). This essential, fully updated edition is packed with real-life advice on everything from making friends to managing stress. Hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses cover the basics, and then some, including topics on College Living •Dorm dos, don'ts, and dramas •Lying, noisy, nasty roommates Finding People, Places, & Patience •Social network dos and don'ts •Friend today, gone tomorrow Classes •To go or not to go? •How to get an A, C, or F Dating •17 kinds of college hookups •Long distance = BIG concerns The Party Scene •The punch in the "fruit punch" •Sex, drugs, and safety first Money •Grants, loans, and loose change •Credit cards and campus jobs In college, there's a surprise around every corner. Luckily, The Naked Roommate has you covered!

Augie and the Green Knight

Author: Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780978501693

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9334

Augie and the Green Knight is about 20,000 words long, and is a retelling of when King Arthur's court encounters a strange giant Green Knight. In this book, we get to hear the Green Knight's side of the story through the lens of a young nerdy girl named Augie.

Defying Reality

The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution

Author: David M. Ewalt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101983736

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 5612

A fascinating exploration of the history, development, and future of virtual reality, a technology with world-changing potential, written by award-winning journalist and author David Ewalt, stemming from his 2015 Forbes cover story about the Oculus Rift and its creator Palmer Luckey. You’ve heard about virtual reality, seen the new gadgets, and read about how VR will be the next big thing. But you probably haven’t yet realized the extent to which this technology will change the way we live. We used to be bound to a physical reality, but new immersive computer simulations allow us to escape our homes and bodies. Suddenly anyone can see what it’s like to stand on the peak of Mount Everest. A person who can’t walk can experience a marathon from the perspective of an Olympic champion. And why stop there? Become a dragon and fly through the universe. But it’s not only about spectacle. Virtual and augmented reality will impact nearly every aspect of our lives—commerce, medicine, politics—the applications are infinite. It may sound like science fiction, but this vision of the future drives billions of dollars in business and is a top priority for such companies as Facebook, Google, and Sony. Yet little is known about the history of these technologies. In Defying Reality, David M. Ewalt traces the story from ancient amphitheaters to Cold War military laboratories, through decades of hype and failure, to a nineteen-year-old video game aficionado who made the impossible possible. Ewalt looks at how businesses are already using this tech to revolutionize the world around us, and what we can expect in the future. Writing for a mainstream audience as well as for technology enthusiasts, Ewalt offers a unique perspective on VR. With firsthand accounts and on-the-ground reporting, Defying Reality shows how virtual reality will change our work, our play, and the way we relate to one another.

The Most Dangerous Game

A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection

Author: Zach Weiner

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780982853719

Category: Humor

Page: 72

View: 4286

Presents selections from the online comic which addresses a wide variety of themes, including love, relationships, politics, religion, and science.

The Future of the Professions

How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Author: Richard Susskind,Daniel Susskind

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191022411

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 7131

This book predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. The Future of the Professions explains how 'increasingly capable systems' - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will bring fundamental change in the way that the 'practical expertise' of specialists is made available in society. The authors challenge the 'grand bargain' - the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. The book raises important practical and moral questions. In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, what are the prospects for employment, who should own and control online expertise, and what tasks should be reserved exclusively for people? Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than ten professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.

Second Quest

Author: David Hellman,Tevis Thompson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984503247

Category:

Page: 120

View: 839

Second Quest is a stand-alone graphic novella inspired by Zelda. It's an original story about a young woman from a small town in the sky who begins to suspect that the legends about her home aren't true.

We Have No Idea

A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Author: Jorge Cham,Daniel Whiteson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735211515

Category: Humor

Page: 368

View: 1967

Cham and Whiteson "explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions). While they're at it, they ... demystify many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes"--Amazon.com.

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: Best Practices for Information Professionals

Author: Nicole Hennig

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440854416

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 177

View: 9263

The ever-increasing acceleration of technological change demands that today's information professionals and educators not only be constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills, but also that they cultivate the ability to make sound judgments on which technologies to embrace. If you are grappling with information overload and wondering how you can keep up, this guide is for you. • Helps information specialists create a strategy for keeping up with new technologies and for making informed judgments on which technologies to test and integrate into library services • Provides ideas for designing curriculum for an education technology specialist career track in library school • Gives those who are preparing to interview for a technology specialist position a reliable guide for professional growth • Identifies which types of resources are most helpful for keeping up with new technologies

Disruption

Emerging Technologies and the Future of Work

Author: Victor Del Rosal

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781514173947

Category:

Page: 184

View: 7567

Disruption: Emerging Technologies and the Future of Work Disruption explores the impact of emerging technologies in career paths, including technologies such as 3D printing, alternative energies, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, biotech, Internet of Things, nanotechnology, space exploration, super materials, robotics, and virtual reality. Written without technical jargon, Disruption guides the reader through a fascinating journey of the new world around the corner. Based on widely validated scientific facts, this book paints a picture of what the industry landscape will be like from 2020 onward. This is what readers of the draft manuscript are saying: "One of the best primers on emerging technology available anywhere." "A window into the work and career opportunities for the decade to come." "It is clear to me now that traditional career paths are about to experience some serious disruption." "A real eye opener." "A great tool for the global STEM movement." "A bit frightening, but inspiring nevertheless." "I wouldn't be surprised if this book is cited as the inspiration behind some prominent techies a few years down the road." Disruption is a must-read for entrepreneurs, business executives, parents, students, teachers, career guides, analysts, and anyone in an advisory or decision-making capacity.

The Physics of Star Wars

The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Author: Patrick Johnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1507203306

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 5927

"Explore the mystical power of the Force using quantum mechanics, find out how much energy it would take for the Death Star or Starkiller Base to destroy a planet, and discover how we can potentially create our very own lightsabers. Explore the physics behind the world of Star Wars, with engaging topics and accessible information that shows how we're closer than ever before to creating technology from the galaxy far, far away--perfect for every Star Wars fan!"--

Standard Deviations

Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Date and Other Ways to Lie With Statistics

Author: Gary Smith

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co

ISBN: 0715649744

Category: Mathematics

Page: 304

View: 4347

Did you know that having a messy room will make you racist? Or that human beings possess the ability to postpone death until after important ceremonial occasions? Or that people live three to five years longer if they have positive initials, like ACE? All of these ‘facts’ have been argued with a straight face by researchers and backed up with reams of data and convincing statistics. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase once cynically observed, ‘If you torture data long enough, it will confess.’ Lying with statistics is a time-honoured con. In Standard Deviations, economics professor Gary Smith walks us through the various tricks and traps that people use to back up their own crackpot theories. Sometimes, the unscrupulous deliberately try to mislead us. Other times, the well-intentioned are blissfully unaware of the mischief they are committing. Today, data is so plentiful that researchers spend precious little time distinguishing between good, meaningful deductions and total rubbish. Not only do others use data to fool us, we fool ourselves. Drawing on breakthrough research in behavioural economics by luminaries like Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely, and taking to task some of the conclusions of Freakonomics, Standard Deviations demystifies the science behind statistics and brings into stark relief the fraud that surrounds us all.

Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Author: Ronald Sandler

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137349085

Category: Philosophy

Page: 583

View: 9893

First and only undergraduate textbook that addresses the social and ethical issues associated with a wide array of emerging technologies, including genetic modification, human enhancement, geoengineering, robotics, virtual reality, artificial meat, neurotechnologies, information technologies, nanotechnology, sex selection, and more.

Trial of the Clone

An Interactive Adventure!

Author: Zach Weinersmith

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: 9780982853726

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

View: 7715

Trial of the Clone is a choosable pathway gamebook that allows the reader to make choices, interact with the world, and otherwise navigate through over 500 scenes and thousands of potential pathways. Readers can choose to simply read through the story or interact more fully with the book's game by keeping track of statistics, items, and battles. Readers are incentivized to reread the book many times to explore other pathways or to catch some of the many secrets the author has hidden throughout the book. The reader plays as a clone who sets out to find his place in the world, solving challenging puzzles and fighting monsters along the way. Weinersmith's writing is characteristically irreverent and satirical, painting a dystopian future world filled with comical, colorful characters and clever surprises. Trial of the Clone is Zach Weinersmith's first full-length book, and is evident of his sprawling understanding of literature, science, logic, philosophy, and technology. Weinersmith is the sole creator behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a daily comic that boasts over 250,000 daily readers and served more than 500,000,000 comics in 2011. This book is published by Breadpig, whose publisher profits will be donated to Fight for the Future.

Thing Explainer

Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: John Murray

ISBN: 9781473637313

Category: Science

Page: 64

View: 9202

From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro. It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words. Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.