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Inventing The Future

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
199 pages
Published 1964 by Penguin BooksSecker & Warburg
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Tom Calvard
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting book from a scientist writing for a popular audience. Needs to be read in context of its time - when Cold War and eugenics were prominent themes. Some arguments about leisure and overpopulation still relevant today. Gabor's enthusiasm for science fiction adds to enjoyment as well. ...more
Chris Harris
May 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
By 1963 Gabor was an elder statesman of science, the father of holography, and to this day his name is one that even non-scientists will recognise. So I was expecting this book to be an interesting and thought-provoking read. Unfortunately it's nothing of the sort. He picks three topics: nuclear war, overpopulation, and the psychology of being able to deal with a world in which technology would, he confidently predicts, reduce the working week to a handful of hours. We can't predict the future, ...more
Chris Beiser
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Gabor’s is one of the earliest uses of the phrase “Inventing the Future.” He puts it’s first use, in the endnotes, as occuring in an issue of “Encounter,” the CIA psyop magazine, by a friend of his.

This book has about one good chapter. The rest is pretty racist, and very concerned with the malthusian “population bomb.”
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