Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge

  • Title: Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge
  • Author: Damien Broderick
  • ISBN: 9780977743346
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year Million Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge Leading and up and coming scientists and science writers cast their minds one million years into the future to imagine the fate of the human and or extraterrestrial galaxy This volume of fifteen new
    Leading and up and coming scientists and science writers cast their minds one million years into the future to imagine the fate of the human and or extraterrestrial galaxy This volume of fifteen new, specially commissioned essays by notable journalists and scholars such as Rudy Rucker, Jim Holt, and Gregory Benford presents a series of speculations on the most radical butLeading and up and coming scientists and science writers cast their minds one million years into the future to imagine the fate of the human and or extraterrestrial galaxy This volume of fifteen new, specially commissioned essays by notable journalists and scholars such as Rudy Rucker, Jim Holt, and Gregory Benford presents a series of speculations on the most radical but well grounded ideas they can conceive, projecting the universe as it might be in the year 1,000,000 C.E Their collective effort first attempted by H G Wells in his 1893 essay The Man of the Year Million is an exploration into a barely conceivable distant future, where the authors confront far flung possibilities, at times bordering on philosophy of science How would the galaxy look if it were redesigned for optimal energy use and maximized intelligence What is a universe bereft of stars Contributors include Amara D Angelica, Catherine Asaro, Gregory Benford, Robert Bradbury, Sean M Carroll, Anne Corwin, Dougal Dixon, Robin Hanson, Steven B Harris, Jim Holt, Lisa Kaltenegger, Wil McCarthy, Rudy Rucker, Pamela Sargent, and George Zebrowski.

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    1. One of the few books I've read that literally deserves the "awe-inspiring" label. Looking forward to reading it again to squeeze more juice out of it.

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    2. Let me tell ya, this book is wild. Who ever thinks of the year 1,000,000? I mean come on, it’s 2018 as I write this. We might think of timeframes as far back as a few thousand years to the Ancient Egyptians or whatever. But the year 3000 sounds super futuristic and far off. The year 1000000 is hard to comprehend. It’s 997,982 years away! That’s insane.And this book writes about it.“Far Edge of Knowledge” for sure. The stuff in this book blew me away. It’s hard to even make prediction [...]

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    3. Having spent a whole lot of time thinking about the distant future as I write Ice King, set in 635,037 A.D I was super-excited to read this compilation of fourteen noted scientists' take on what the world might be like in the year 1,000,000 A.D.Although there's plenty of food for thought here, I come away feeling that Broderick's compilation was too limited in scope for my liking. The vast majority of the discussions either stay so deadly cautious with their grounding in present reality as to be [...]

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    4. Year Million is an anthology of essays about the far future, seeking to answer the question of what life will be like in the Year Million -- assuming life lasts that long. The essayists are mostly sci-fi and science writers; their writing is sometimes technical but always readable.The central problem with the book is that a million years is an awfully long time. Asking a science writer to predict life in the Year Million is presumably a thousand times more unreasonable than asking William the Co [...]

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    5. This was not a great book. I found most of the chapters to be far fetched. Of course, it isn't easy to write about the far future. Being an anthology, some chapters were better than others. I thought the chapter written by Jim Holt was interesting. He use the Copernican Principle and a probability to find that, indeed, humans would be around in a million years, as well as, numbers and humor. However, while numbers, according to his logic, will be around, the same argument cannot find that someth [...]

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    6. These visions of the future were all surprisingly similar but all had interesting twists and were well thought out. Basically, the descendants of humans will probably be immortal super intelligences (if we don't kill ourselves) and we'll eventually live in something like a dyson sphere. There were interesting thoughts on whether we dismantle the universe and add to our dyson sphere or slowly colonize the universe (oddly none of the scientists were ready to realistically admit the possibility of [...]

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    7. This is a collection of essays which cover what things might be like 997,991 years from now (approximately) and beyond. This includes technology, astronomic and terrestrial phenomena, biological developments, etc. This includes assumptions of existence, extinction, or irrelevance of humans.One of my favorite items from the book is the explanation of evolution as preferring fecundity and survivability for the sake of propagation to permanence, hence the non-existence of immortal life forms. It co [...]

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    8. I only made it a little more than half way through this book. I should have known that speculating about the year million was just that, pure speculation. I was skeptical going in, and almost everything I read proved that skepticism true. The very first essay was the best I read. Unlike the others, it was actually based on current mathematical and philosophical principles to extrapolate information about the distant future. The rest basically made huge jumps, without any concrete evidence to bac [...]

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    9. Disappointing. Aside from mediocre writing by most of the contributors, it was particularly annoying that the editor didn't take time to explain some of the terminology (computronium? Matroishka Brains?) given how many authors discussed the topics. Evidently this future in which we become the Internet, turn all matter to living computers, and exist as concentric shells of energy-capturing sails around a star or planet, was introduced by a fellow named Dyson and accepted by most as a foregone con [...]

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    10. Some fascinating articles--the best by far is the one about humor and numbers--separated into three or four sections. The biggest flaw of the book is that too many articles in each section are so similar. They're saying the same things the other writers are saying, so the editor, Damien Broderick, comes off as a bit lazy. That being said, there are some fascinating looks at how the human race will have evolved by its millionth year which means our descendants will see us as far more primitive th [...]

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    11. This book is a compilation of essays on ponderings of what lies in the future for us, like a million years or so. My first reaction was we can barely imagine what is in store in 100 years. Think back to 1913 or so and our state of technology and what we thought we knew was right.Many of these essays are truly thought provoking and fascinating. Taking on aspects of technology, exploration, and the ultimate fate of universe boggles the imagination. The book goes a long way in bringing many of thes [...]

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    12. An excellent survey of contemporary speculation about the long future of humanity. What is striking is how different some of these visions are. Will be all uploaded to a grand Virtual Reality running of "computronium" (a computer made by dismantling the planets)? About the only thing all the authors agree on is that humans will not live in a Star Trek like Universe "meat in tin cans" due to the impossibly long time it takes to get anywhere due to the speed limit of c.

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    13. This book, like many diverse collections of essays, is filled with good stuff and not so good stuff. I loved the essays on the far expanses of time and the universe, heat death, and the cosmic horizon. Other essays on evolution, prolonging life, and the like were very good too. Others weren't so great but I must stress that this is because I wasn't as interested in them. The writing on every piece was sound and solid, so my interests notwithstanding, this was a damned decent book.

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    14. Well, I must admit, I thought I'd find this a lot more intriguing than I did. Some of the writers seemed to stray off-topic, in my opinion, and go right to the end of the universe rather than sticking to the year one million. Some entries I just couldn't get into due to the writing style and leaving me wondering what point the writer was trying to make. Something of a disappointment, I'm afraid, although some interesting postulations on future technologies.

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    15. An important meditation (self-reflection) on our human civilization. What is the meaning of our continued generational existence? Will we have all the matter and energy do our bidding? -- an assimilation of resources that seems to define industry and the success of civilization. These are not questions that are precisely answered in the book, but in discussing these issues the book forces you to examine your own beliefs about the nature of humanity and its place in the universe.

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    16. This anthology of forecasts by scientists and researchers about the year 1 million A.D. is for advanced readers of scifi and those with a solid foundation and interest in physics. It covers topics such as the matrioshka brain, dyson swarms, kardashev type I and II civs, computronium, nanotechnology, and of the course the singularity. Highly recommended.

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    17. While there were interesting points, much of the material was recycled (Dyson spheres, Matroiska brains, Kardashev I/II civilizations). In all a mediocre output easily bested by gifted speculative fiction writers.

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    18. Fascinating look into the far distant future of humankind and the universe.

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    19. Just the article on laughter and math was worth the entire book to me.Some articles are somewhat repetitive though.

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    20. Good solid brain-stretching book for all you science geeks out there.

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    21. so far kind of 'really? no, probably not really.' which is kind of 'meh.'-----update: shelved.

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    22. More unreadable than not.

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    23. Excellent set of essays speculating on the state of humanity and technology one million years from now.

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    24. I love that it takes you well beyond the obvious time difference (e.g 10 years, 100 years, etc.) It is a well done collection of great perspectives.

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    25. Essays reveal a lot about the authors' presuppositions and values.

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