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THE NEXT BIG THING
From 3D Printing to Mining the Moon  

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The Next Big Thing explores future revolutions that will determine how things are made, who we share the planet with, where resources come from, and the evolution of the human species. Beyond 2030, the way we live today will no longer be sustainable. We will therefore need to develop technologies including 3D printing, synthetic biology and space travel if our civilization is to survive and thrive.

Part I reveals how local digital manufacturing will allow on-demand production in any location. Part II then looks at those robots and artificial intelligences that are destined to become our future carers, servants and companions. Part III next examines how resources from space will one day deliver fresh energy and raw material supplies. Finally, Part IV predicts the transhuman evolution that will be triggered as we learn to genetically reprogram and cybernetically upgrade our own biological hardware.

The Next Big Thing is written by futurist Christopher Barnatt of ExplainingTheFuture.com. Packed with hundreds of examples of cutting-edge research and innovation, the book will open your mind to the astonishing opportunities that lie ahead, and which will drive us toward the technological singularity . . .

CONTENTS

Prologue: Beyond the Internet -- DOWNLOAD FREE PDF

PART I: LOCAL DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

1. 3D Printing -- watch videos

2. Synthetic Biology

3. Nanotechnology 2.0

PART II: SYNTHETIC CITIZENS

4. Artificial Intelligence

5. Humanoid Robots

PART III: RESOURCES FROM SPACE

6. Space-Based Solar Power -- watch video

7. Asteroid Mining -- watch video

8. Mining the Moon -- watch video

PART IV: TRANSHUMAN EVOLUTION

9. Post-Genomic Medicine

10. Cyborg Synthesis

Epilogue: Embracing the Singularity

Further Reading

Index

INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS

3Ders.org 'The Next Big Thing: From 3D Printing to Mining the Moon' -- interview with Futurist Christopher Barnatt, 17 November 2015.


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The Next Big Thing book cover
Published 9 November 2015

ISBN: 978-1518749575

Paperback RRP: $16.99 US
10.49 UK / 14.99 EU.


20 or 30 years from now, you may have a warm bucket in a kitchen cupboard in which you are growing a new arm for your favourite android companion.


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