- Across the Digital Divide — A truly great post from Seanan McGuire on poor people who can’t even afford eReaders. Libraries will be their last refuge.
- Australian Pink Floyd Show — They’ve been called one of the best tribute bands in the world; Pink Floyd thinks there better than themselves. They kicking off a big US tour, so if you’re nearby, check them out. I’ll be seeing them!
- Rare Giant Armadillo — it’s really big!
- Live Video Chat With Neal Stephenson — From Good Reads, since I’m really enjoying Reamde right now.
- A Writer’s Bill of Rights For the Digital Age — From the Writer’s Union of Canada.
- B&N Objects to Some Borders IP Privacy Recommendations — What a surprise.
- Slave Labor Graphics Publishing Goes Digital First — From Publishers Weekly, the first comics publisher to go digital with their entire periodical line.
- Possible Life in the Martian Trenches — Sounds like a cool scifi story (From SFSignal).
- Doctor Who Christmas Special Details Revealed — Sounds like another Christmas Special to me! (From SFSignal)
- A World Without “Star Wars”: What Would it Be — A sad sad place (From SFSignal).
- 8 Lines That Would Have Ended Star Wars Really Fast — Very funny (From SFSignal).
- Five Ways “Star Wars” Hurt Science Fiction — I guess there is a bit of a point . . . (From SFSignal)
- Get Out of My Way: The Awkward Things We Do to Avoid Certain Words — I know I do!
- Reading and Writing — Some good discussion on the recent news that some writers don’t read.
- 5 Strange Things Named After Writers — From Publishers Weekly. Those are strange.
Michio Kaku, a professor of physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, sure knows how to make science both gripping and interesting. After the great bestseller, Physics of the Impossible, which tackled all those great science fiction inventions we’ve heard so much about in books, going in detail about when these said inventions would plausibly be invented; he brings things closer to home in Physics of the Future, focusing on inventions developments over the next century.
In his new book, Kaku goes into detail where the next hundred years will take us on a number of different subjects, and what possible great things humanity will come up with next. The chapters run the gamut from the future of the computer, AI, nanotechnology and medicine, to where the future of wealthy, energy, and humanity will take us. Each chapter is divided into three parts: the near future, covering the present until 2030; midcentury from 2030-2070; and the far future from 2070-2100. In each of these parts, Kaku covers important discoveries and inventions that will be developed, working off of the technology and knowledge of the current period.
Kaku fans and science readers will love Physics of the Future because, while Physics of the Impossible was pretty disheartening to learn that a lot of the cool inventions like transporters and time travel would not be invented until many thousands of years in the future, Physics of the Future covers a lot of fascinating technology that will be developed in many of our lifetimes.
Originally written on September 21, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.
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