Scotsman | Book Review of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future
January 2, 2011
Scotsman — January 2, 2011 | Stuart Kelly
[...] It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between magazines like New Scientist and magazines like SFX. Given that nowadays most of us have a device remarkably similar to a Star Trek communicator — and one, moreover, that doesn’t require Lieutenant Uhura on the bridge acting as exchange operator — the conceit of this book is neat: how science-fictional is our future going to be? Beginning with mid-life-ish musings on personal mortality, the book ventures into the life expectancy of the planet as a whole.
Stevenson interviews leading figures in fields such as transhumanism (with particular emphasis on life extension), cybernetics, genomics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and a variety of climate change experts, ending up with the most famous futurologist, Ray Kurzweil. [...]