Where Is My Flying Car?: A Memoir of Future Past Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07F6SD34R
- Publication date : July 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 33393 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 627 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,238 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But this book attributes the absence of that industry to a broad set of problems that are keeping us poor. J. Storrs Hall (aka Josh) looks at the post-1970 slowdown in innovation that Cowen describes in The Great Stagnation. The two books agree on many symptoms, but describe the causes differently: where Cowen says we ate the low hanging fruit, Josh says it's due to someone "spraying paraquat on the low-hanging fruit".
The book is full of mostly good insights. It significantly changed my opinion of the Great Stagnation.
The book jumps back and forth between polemics about the Great Strangulation (with a bit too much outrage porn), and nerdy descriptions of engineering and piloting problems. I found those large shifts in tone to be somewhat disorienting - it's like the author can't decide whether he's an autistic youth who is eagerly describing his latest obsession, or an angry old man complaining about how the world is going to hell (I've met the author at Foresight conferences, and got similar but milder impressions there).
His main explanation for the Great Strangulation is the rise of Green fundamentalism, but he also describes other cultural / political factors that seem related.
Look for a longer version of this review on my blog.
Not only an analysis of a past SciFi prediction, there's a considerable amount of futurism in this book, based mostly on the potential of atomic - nano and nuclear - technology.
Expect accessible language, but no shortage of technical terms and thoughts in the more engineer-ish/scientific parts of the book. At times, lack of academic familiarity made reading hard, even pointless.
Still, the book served as a window to the possibilities of our technology, and shed light on the obstacles that prevent us from reaching the visions enabled by them - the future we were promised, one that we can hopefully come back to.