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A History of the Future in 100 Objects [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Hon
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What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define our 21st century?

A javelin thrown by an 'enhanced' Paralympian far further than any normal human? Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces? The world's most expensive glass of water, mined from the moons of Mars? The first Rechartered City, thrown open to new citizens to prevent declining populations? Or desire modification drugs that fuel the fastest growing new religion?

A History of the Future in 100 Objects describes a hundred slices of the future of everything, spanning politics, technology, art, religion, and entertainment. Some objects are described by future historians; others through found materials, short stories, or dialogues. All of them show a vision of the future in sharp detail and unparalleled breadth.

Author Adrian Hon is CEO at Six to Start, an award-winning games company and co-creators of "Zombies, Run!" Adrian was previously a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, Director of Play at Mind Candy, and technology writer for The Telegraph. He's had work displayed at MOMA and the Design Museum; conducted research in a Mars simulation in the Utah desert; worked with Disney Imagineering, Death Cab for Cutie, the British Museum, and The Economist; and spoken at TED in Monterey, California.


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About the Author

Adrian Hon is CEO at Six to Start, an award-winning games company and co-creators of "Zombies, Run!" Adrian was previously a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, Director of Play at Mind Candy, and technology writer for The Telegraph. He's had work displayed at MOMA and the Design Museum; conducted research in a Mars simulation in the Utah desert; worked with Disney Imagineering, Death Cab for Cutie, the British Museum, and The Economist; and spoken at TED in Monterey, California.

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  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EX8QRPM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and well-written December 9, 2013
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I really enjoyed this. Our lives today would have seemed magical and in some ways frightening to people living a hundred a years ago. Similarly we can't possibly predict the future, but this attempt to speculate in a fun and thought-provoking way hits the spot for me.

Neither dystopian nor without plenty to worry about, the vision presented feels realistic and has plenty of fresh ideas (and done good twists on existing ones). Neither fact nor fiction, I feel I discovered for myself a new genre in this book.

A book like this has to be wrong in so many ways, but it left me wanting more. And it suits the modern attention span being easy to dip in and out of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever & thought-provoking January 5, 2014
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Very much enjoyed this plausible speculative leap into the future (& its format which demonstrates that the author loves the History of the World in 100 Objects as much as I).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is coming December 30, 2013
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When I read this I noted that some of the ideas came from some of my favorite authors such as Ian Banks and Vernor Vinge.
They are noted at the end as contributors. I really enjoyed this quick read. Makes me hope that I'll make it to an asteroid but, while not likely, my kids may. Fly High!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a decent read. November 19, 2013
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Author seems to have a pink tinted, totally absurd future ball. I bought it because I saw a review of his work on The Verge and thought it was going to be a good read. Not. I really reggreted spending money on this.
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Hi! I'm author of A History of the Future in 100 Objects, and CEO at Six to Start, an award-winning games company and co-creators of "Zombies, Run!"

Originally, I trained as a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, and went on to conduct research at UCSD and at the University of Oxford. Just as I was starting a PhD in neuroscience at Oxford, I left to become Director of Play at Mind Candy, working as the lead designer of the Perplex City alternate reality game. In 2007, I co-founded Six to Start and also become an occasional technology writer for The Telegraph.

Over the last few years, I've had work displayed at MOMA and the Design Museum; conducted research in a Mars simulation in the Utah desert; worked with Disney Imagineering, Death Cab for Cutie, the British Museum, and The Economist; and spoken at TED in Monterey, California.

When it comes to inspiration, I owe a debt of gratitude to Vernor Vinge, Iain Banks, Neal Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lewis Hyde, Ted Chiang, George Orwell, Stanislaw Lem, and many more. Without their stories and ideas, the future would be a darker place.

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