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9 Overall

7 Applicability

8 Innovation

9 Style


Recommendation

The coming decades pose great promise and imminent peril, oracular sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling argues in this compelling critique of the state of the modern world. On the plus side, scientists someday might eliminate disease and allow people to live forever. In the debit column, people are burning so much fuel that humanity is setting itself up for extinction. Sterling combines the analytical acumen of a true visionary with the prose of a master craftsman in this fascinating work seasoned with first person anecdotes. As a futurist, Sterling is too savvy to make concrete predictions that soon might be proven wrong (though some of his U.S. political analysis is already losing topicality), so readers might find his approach a bit obtuse at times. But even Sterling's glancing blows connect. getAbstract recommends his intriguing analysis and conjectures to techies and to anyone else who seeks a literate look at what the future might hold.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How genetic engineering promises to change the world;
  • How warfare and politics have changed;
  • Why information is increasingly expensive; and
  • How humans are setting themselves up for extinction.
 

About the Author

Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling has written nine novels and one other work of nonfiction, The Hacker Crackdown. Sterling has written for Wired, Newsweek, Fortune, Details and other magazines.

 

Summary

Biotech: The Twenty-first Century's Baby
At the start of the twenty-first century, biotechnology promises to be the world's engine of innovation, glamour, riches and controversy. However, just like other hot industries, biotech is likely to experience intoxicating booms and wrenching ...

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