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Imagining the Future: Invisibility, Immortality and 40 Other Incredible Ideas

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By Simon Torok and Paul Holper
144 pages, CSIRO Publishing, June 2016, $24.95
ISBN: 9781486302727
Pitched at 9–13-year-olds

We’re living in a rapidly changing world. Around the year 1900, the amount of human knowledge doubled every 100 years. It now doubles almost every year, and by 2020 could double every day. When most of today’s students in primary school grow up, they’ll have jobs that don’t exist right now. They’ll be using technologies that haven’t been invented to solve things that we don’t know are problems yet.

So you need to be ready – helped by the new book, Imaging the Future: Invisibility, Immortality and 40 Other Incredible Ideas, by Simon Torok and Paul Holper, published by CSIRO Publishing (http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/7344.htm).

A day in the life of your great-grandchild might start with them sending a thought to their robot servant to say that they’re hungry. The robot would print breakfast, which would taste perfectly delicious thanks to new artificial flavours. There’d be no need to clean up after the meal, because all the kitchen’s surfaces will be self-cleaning. After breakfast, your great-grandchild would fly to school, possibly in their driverless flying car. Or perhaps they could breathe through their...

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.