A Brief History of Tomorrow
By Jonathan Margolis
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582341088, 256pp.)
Publication Date: November 2000
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A fascinating look at the future, as you've never seen it.
Ten years from now, will we have a tiny personal computer surgically inserted in an earlobe, capable of connecting to phone lines and the internet? Fifty years from now, will atomic-sized robots replace surgeons? A hundred years from now, instead of taking the bus, will we simply teleport to work? It all may sound like impossible science fiction, but fifty years ago, so did walking on the moon. Journalist Jonathan Margolis interviews leading thinkers in such fields as genetics, medicine, neurobiology, quantum physics, robotics, computer science, and space travel to explore where we're going, and what it will look like when-and if-we get there.
Beginning with famously flawed past visions of the future-among them H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates-Margolis examines many of the strange and tempting futures that may lie in store for us. Politics, society, religion, and work are all destined for great changes. What might they be? How will they come about? Thought-provoking, amusing, and absolutely original, A Brief History of Tomorrow is a deliciously compelling look at something we all spend a lot of time contemplating: the future.
Jonathan Margolis has written on new technology for such papers as the Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, and the magazines GQ and Elle. He hosts a regular "new gadgets" slot on SKY TV news, and occasionally reviews new technology for BBC Breakfast News. He is the author of the recent biography of Uri Geller.