Yes, for researching writing of science fiction.
The nanoparticles section was interesting. I enjoyed when the author put concepts into real world terms.
If you're into popular science--you'll find this book interesting. I also like Physics for Future Presidents.
Listening to the narrator was painful. It sounded as if he was plugging his noise while reading. Very, very nasally.
The future is tomorrow.
Spock "live long and prosper"
I can imagine never getting old.
Read this, it will change you
Michio Kaku is well known for making science books for the masses, in other words he dumbs it down -- however he often dumbs it down to a nearly insulting level. However, happily, I didn't really find that an issue with this book as it more or less just deals with what the future will be like -- and that's why I got it.
I will say for a book that only came out a year ago some of it sounds really dated, basically he describes things like the Google Car and Google Glasses as being in the future, but they're already here. Other things however are so far out there it's hard to believe it will actually happen by 2100, like replicators for example.
I think the read does a good job with the material and hits the appropriate tone.
The book is entertaining even if it's a bit light on science. Also on the Global Warming just quoting controversial UN documents and stating it's indisputable absolutely sounded very very silly. That part of the book is flat out disgraceful. Kaku should have used that section to explain why he believes what he believes and what else might be causing it (cough SUN SPOTS). I'd be interested in hearing about other possibilities as well even if it was only to dispel it. Also pretending like the UN doesn't have a political agenda is silly.
Anyways that part of the book isn't long enough to ruin it by any means.
My score, 4 stars across the board. If you're looking an easy to read book about the future this does a pretty good job.
Fun. Accessible. Cursory.
It was a corny, sappy sum of the previous chapters. Worst part of the book.
Chin manages excitable emphasis on material that might otherwise read a little dry.
This book could have been twice its length and I would have been happier, because then it would have adequately covered some of its material.
While I find it very interesting to think about where science and technology will take us in the future, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about what is currently being worked on. Kaku covers a very wide range of topics and has given me some great ideas for future reading!
I definately found it hard to put down and ended up losing some sleep because I couldn't stop listening.
The book goes in depth to cover current and future good and bad-it leaves little out. Hang in there, it's worth it.
At times the book challenges with the darker side of the human condition. Ultimately, the message is an optimistic one. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Learned something new.
Any other Michio Kaku book.
Yes. Quite comparable.
Yes. The importance of technology now and in the future.
If you have listened to his other books he pretty much copied and pasted his life story. It took an hour or two before you actually got to anything new that you have not heard before. It took too long to get to the good topics. However the author is very incite-full.
When Kaku writes about physics, he is a master of making the complicated understandable. When he writes about technology, he presents material well. But when he writes about the social implications of science and technology, he is much less interesting, convincing, and knowledgeable.
Relying as he does on a popular, but inaccurate, understanding of capitalism, Kaku's predictions about the future of political economy is weak. This shortcoming notwithstanding, the book is still pretty interesting,
Fasinating, informative and thought provoking.
The research and experiences the author has had to actually witnessing some of the very technologies he predicts will become integrated into our future.
The aspects of technology which scientists can't overcome. This is where the devine is at work.
The author's research, knowledge and experiences are fascinating as he guides you through his predictions and explanations about existing and emerging technologies from robotics, artificial intelligence, self controlled automobiles; genetic sequencing and nanotechnology. I have enjoyed the narrator as I am sure it is the author himself.