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Future Science & Technology

Selected Books

Benford, Gregory and Elisabeth Malartre
Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs
TJ211.B465 2007
"The simple title of this book belies its profundity--and its sense of humor. Besides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of developments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, physicist Benford and biologist Malartre also address deeper questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind, as well as humankind's nervous relationship with increasingly sophisticated machines." -- Publishers Weekly
 
Brockman, John (Editor)
The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century
Q125.N485 2002
An ensemble of the world’s most visionary scientists provides twenty-five original essays about the advances in science and technology that we may see within our lifetimes and their social and political ramifications.
 
Brooks, Rodney A.
Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
TJ211.B697 2002
Brooks, chairman of iRobots and computer science professor at MIT, sees the future of robots as small useful machines that become ubiquitous.
 
Canton, James
The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Shape the World for the Next 5, 10, and 20 Years
CB161.C355 2006
Canton grapples with energy issues, the emerging innovation economy, the changing American workforce, longevity medicine technology, emerging science ("from teleportation to nanobiology to multiple universes"), security issues, economic and cultural globalization, climate change, the changing role of the individual, and Sino-American relations.
 
Frenay, Robert
Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things
TA164.F74 2006
Pulse charts the growing power of a "new biology," of human systems and machines that work like living things.
 
Hall, J. Storrs
Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine
Q335.H348 2007
Hall, a research fellow for the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, offers a layperson's guide to the latest developments in artificial intelligence.
 
Hall, J. Storrs
Nanofuture: What's Next for Nanotechnology?
T174.7.H35 2005
For general readers, Hall explains the ideas behind nanotechnology and scenarios for its future use. He is the inventor of Utility Fog.
 
Kaku, Michio
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
QC75.K18 2008
Michio Kaku's bestselling book discusses the physical possibility of all those phenomena you read about in science fiction. Read more about Michio Kacku.
 
Krepinevich, Andrew F.
7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century
U211.2.K78 2009
As president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and consultant to secretaries of defense, the CIA, the Homeland Security Council and the Joint Forces Command, Krepinevich's job is to think the unthinkable and prepare a response in the event our worst nightmares become reality.
 
Launius, Roger D. and Howard E. McCurdy
Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel
TJ211.L38 2008
"Noted space historians... breathe new life into the subject by examining its history as well as its possible future. They call for a new vision of human spaceflight -- a 'transhuman' program that takes into account current trends in robotics, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering and other fields that are rapidly changing the nature of both humans and machines." -- Air and Space Magazine
 
Watson, Richard
Future Files: The 5 Trends That Will Shape the Next 50 Years
CB161.W378 2008
Future Files is trend watcher Richard Watson's lively look at several possible futures and how the world might change in the next half-century. He examines emerging patterns and developments in society, technology, the economy, media, health care and business, and draws educated and entertaining conclusions as to where they might take us.
 
Winograd, Morley
Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics
JK1764.W635 2008
What will the future political terrain look like with the coming of age of the Millennial Generation that has grown up on Internet-based communications technology?
 
Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge
Edited by Damien Broderick
CB161.Y38 2008x
Leading and up-and-coming scientists and science writers cast their minds one million years into the future to imagine the fate of the human and/or extraterrestrial galaxy.
 
 

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