A Brief History of Tomorrow

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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 not too long 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.



‘The future,’ science fiction guru Arthur C. Clarke once said, ‘isn’t what it used to be.’ A clever, ironic statement, superficially quite ridiculous of course, containing nevertheless two nuggets of wisdom for the price of one. Because what the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey was talking about, naturally, was futurology, the fusion of informed scientific analysis and inspired guesswork about the future at which he has excelled for over fifty years.



“In a voice pitched somewhere between conversational, conspiratorial and professorial, Margolis takes on “the arrogance of the present” – each generation’s view that it is on the cusp of greatness and that the things which are important now will always be – but simultaneously argues that ours is indeed a remarkable time. The author of Uri Geller: Magician or Mystic and columnist for the Financial Times shows just how remarkably wrong or astonishingly right predictions can be. The fascinatingly odd visions covered in chapters on the mind, leisure, the human body and more will make readers wonder if current commonly accepted predictions–such as global warming are all that much less bizarre. Readers will be so effectively drawn in that they will be able to see the subtle ways that the future is already upon us (smart-lawn mowers, cell phones) and ways in which we have fallen behind our own imaginations (space travel, farming the sea). This is a clever look at how the world could have been, how it might be and how it won’t be.” - Publishers Weekly



Well-researched; beautifully written; crammed with wisdom. Margolis is one of the fairest and most balanced writers I’ve come across, especially on environmental matters. If you’re looking for a sensible, well-researched survey of the major themes of 21st century technology, then your search is over.” 5★

The subject of futurology is fascinating. Which one of us hasn’t wondered what tomorrow will bring and how our lives and those of our children will be different from ours today? I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Mr. Margolis has obviously researched the subject thoroughly. But happily, the result isn’t dry and academic. He makes high tech and biotech approachable and fun. I recommend it without reservation!” 5★

I found this book very easy to read and Jonathan’s style very friendly. It really makes you think about the future, instead of just thinking of the usual stereotypical visions that are regurgitated in the press.

I now view it in terms that are more practical and open for change rather than previous notions that the future was technologically advanced and not open to my actions.

Read it, you won’t regret it.” 5★



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