Hello from 2030: The Science of the Future and You

224p. index. notes. photos. Atria/Beyond Words. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781582704746; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481409469. LC 2013044906.
Gr 5 Up—Ever wonder what food we'll be eating in 15 years? How about what kind of cars we'll drive or where our energy sources will come from? Schutten isn't quite sure, either, but he knows enough about the scientific trends to make some fair guesses in this introduction to science forecasting for the 21st century. Basing his assumptions on Moore's Law (which states that computer processing power doubles every two years), Schutten hypothesizes that other facets of the scientific world work the same way. In each chapter, Schutten discusses a different area of science, including space, energy, food, health, and robotics, and he covers the growing concerns that affect each issue. His views on negative human influences over the environment, from the proliferation of plastic to the overfishing of our waters, is evident but never overwhelming. Robot lovers will enjoy the "Age of the Robot," a chapter where futuristic cars, robosoldiers, and other gadgets are discussed. Some will find the design (featuring sections that are merely a page long) distracting, but more impatient readers may find this format quite enjoyable and engaging. Colorful graphics are included and pair nicely with the text. This book will spark discussion. Hand it to a science lover, and watch the conversation flow.—Keith Klang, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Schutten imagines what the houses, foods, fuels, and people of the near future could optimally look like--thanks to anticipated advances in computer, medical, and robotics technologies--while emphasizing renewable resources (with some attention to challenges we'll face if we don't address global warming and economic inequities). Photographs of today's technologies and renderings of a bright future break up the at-times dense text. Ind.

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