New York Times, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Discover bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact…and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide readers on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives. From the ways science and technology are fundamentally altering our bodies and our world (the world’s first bionic soldier, the future of evolution) to those explosive collisions between science and culture (life extension and bioweapons), we’re crossing moral and ethical lines we’ve never faced before.
As Kotler writes, “Life is tricky sport—and that’s the emotional core of this story, the real reason we can’t put Pandora back in the box. When you strip everything else away, technology is nothing more than the promise of an easier tomorrow. It’s the promise of hope. And how do you stop hope?”
Join Kotler in this fascinating exploration of our incredible next: a deep dive into those future technologies happening now—and what it means to be a part of this brave new world.
Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact Review
Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact is a book that seems to polarize people. Many have commented on how shallow it is, and the fact that it’s a little bit out of date. Others love it regardless. Personally, while I didn’t love it, I did enjoy Tomorrowland.
In Tomorrowland, Steven Kotler gives the reader a collection of essays on various topics that are turning from science fiction to science fact. Some topics he mentions are stem cells, cybernetics, bio-warfare, and near death experiences. He goes in depth on some stuff, skims over others, and it’s no secret that he is proud of the fact that he was ‘there’ for some of the developments. It’s not perfectly written, it’s not extremely educational, but it is thought-provoking.
Some of the stuff he talked about I had heard of. Others (like the artificial vision) I had no clue about. Even the stuff I was familiar with, though, he managed to keep interesting by giving me details I hadn’t known. (Like California’s role with stem cells.) There were many times when I was listening to this that I found myself pausing in whatever else I was doing just to pay attention to it. Kotler has a way of writing and speaking that snares you.
Tomorrowland is written for the casual reader. People who have a background in science or any of the particular fields mentioned are probably going to be dissatisfied with the information presented because it does just skim the surface. However, I found that he gave me just enough information to make me curious, and there are several things that I want to know more about now. And that, I think, is what makes the book a success. I want to know more. I’m intrigued by the advances he mentioned. I’m going to end up looking up quite a few things just to see how far we’ve come.
Overall, Tomorrowland: Our Staggering Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact is well worth the read. Don’t take it as gospel because it is a bit out of date, but let it hook you and make you realize how far we’ve come. Science fiction becoming science fact is happening every day around us, and (for the most part) it is awesome.
- Title: Tomorrowland
- Author: Steven Kotler (site)
- Date Published: May 12th, 2015
- Pages: 288
- ISBN13: 9780544456211
- Rating: 4 out of 5
- Source: Kindle Unlimited