FUTURE FACTS: A Forecast of the World As We Will Know It Before the End of the Century by Stephen Rosen

FUTURE FACTS: A Forecast of the World As We Will Know It Before the End of the Century

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Your own tingling ultrasonic shower/bath, your own home waste recycling system, your videophone, your eye movements to direct your robot vacuum cleaner or typewriter, your vacation home under the sea, your flat wall TV, memory pill, replaceable organs, grow-them-yourself bones. . . they're all here in Rosen's compilation of things within a generation's reach. Some of it's fun, some Big Brotherish; some way in and already here, some way out and iffy. The individual ""facts"" are presented as lively but highly condensed one-pagers, like snappy but teasing newspaper pieces or publicity handouts. Indeed the sources--NASA, Exxon, IBM, the Rand Corp., and other major government or industrial/research organizations--guarantee optimism. A thoughtful reader will want to know more, ask if Advance X won't conflict with Advance Y or create more pollution, use more energy, etc., for which Rosen offers only a rare caveat. In short, this is a mixed bag of future tricks that may appeal to bright high-schoolers, readers of popular science magazines and perhaps writers, teachers or futurists who want a handy reference file to serve as a jumping-off place.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1976
Publisher: Simon & Schuster