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Hello From 2030: The Science of the Future and You    by Jan Paul Schuttem order for
Hello From 2030
by Jan Paul Schuttem
Order:  USA  Can
Aladdin, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Look into the crystal ball with Jan Paul Schutten to see what futurologists predict the world will be like fifteen years from now. That's not a terribly long time so the contents of this book can be revisited in 2030 to see just how accurate the predictions here actually were.

Each chapter of this book begins with a message from the year 2030. In some instances life is just fine, but in other cases the quality of life has deteriorated. For example, in the chapter that visits the home of the future you'll have a room that can contract and expand by just moving the walls back and forth. Also, one of those walls will be constructed from something called ePaper. This is a huge, thin, three-dimensional screen that will allow you to watch movies, play games, or have a background such as a natural setting in your room.

From transportation and housing to food and medicine, the sections of this book that look into the future will surprise and astound the reader. As the author explains, some of these predictions could be completely wrong but others will be correct or nearly so. Why read the book? Because it is a good idea to have some idea of what may be coming down the road.

We can be reasonably assured of some important facts. The Earth's population will continue to increase; new technologies and inventions will change our lives; we'll find more cures or ways to deal with various health issues; and, more than likely, global warming will continue to alter climates and cause more weather related problems.

The author also states that 'future innovation is like the wild card in a card game: you can pull this card at any time and it will change the whole game'. He'll address some of these scenarios where such a card (new invention/technology) can do just this.
Conversely, a bad luck card could have serious consequences for mankind and these potential disasters are discussed as well.

Although this book is aimed at a younger audience, many adults will also find this a captivating read. Who knows what the future holds? We can't know for sure but this book presents some fascinating possibilities.

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