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Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex and Death

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What if we could have babies without having to bear children, eat meat without killing animals, have the perfect sexual relationship without compromise or choose the time of our painless death?

To find out, Jenny Kleeman has interviewed a sex robot, eaten a priceless lab-grown chicken nugget, watched foetuses growing in plastic bags and attended members-only meetings where
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 9th 2020 by Picador
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Sencer Berrak
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly well written thought provoking book. The selection of sex, food, birth and death allows a perfect flow. The characters were very engaging and the I absolutely loved the core message of the book which you should definitely find out for yourself. I immediately started reading her articles on Guardian after the book and those are also highly recommended.
Aoife
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020arc
I really wanted to enjoy this - the subjects are really interesting - but the writing style just didn't suit me at all. My issue, not the book's, I'm sure other people will enjoy it very much. These subjects really are important and they're interesting to learn about. Just maybe from another book, for me personally.
Dramatika
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of those books that stay with you makes you think for some time afterwards. A pure pleasure to read of exciting new things that soon will change our world as we know it. Some sections were more interesting and new to me than others. I've heard a lot of the sex dolls for men (99% of the merchandise are female models), but never thought of ethical staff regarding its use, especially in the context of possible creation of child like models. I must say that women are more pragmatic fully underst ...more
Stephanie
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided free of charge for the purposes of this review,the following is my review and is not in any way influenced by the fact it was provided free of charge,.

At first and for around an hour or so into the book I thought that I was reading a sci fi book, I had to check TWICE!..so this is about the here and now ? After using the 'helpfullness' of google it hit me hard !! THIS IS REALITY I never in my wildest dreams though this was all possible, sex dolls that, well, are all togethe
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Jamie Lee
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim at work and I'm glad I did. It's written in such an engaging way that you feel sucked in, I really liked Jenny Kleeman's writing style. Some of the things mentioned in this book are CRAZY and I couldn't believe what I was reading at times, the world is changing so fast and it's incredible and insanely terrifying. This thankfully wasn't too science heavy and didn't get to bogged down in hard to understand language which makes it really each to read.
Cari
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - it read a lot like a documentary on Netflix or an NPR show. Lots of interesting developments, analyzed under Kleeman's practical eye. The insights about feminism in particular caught my attention.
Penny Dreadful
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Incredibly well written and researched- it raises ethical questions about how much we want technology involved with our lives, birth, death and food.
I found it challenged me in places to think about aspects of this I hadn’t previously. I loved it.
Sea_otter
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book deals with interesting topics that should be discussed: sex robots, cultured meat, euthanasia machines and growing babies outside of the womb. By reading the book you learn about the recent developments in these fields which for me made it worth the read. However, I struggled to read the book through and found it very frustrating because of the irritating author. Her shtick is to be cynical and negative, which is annoying enough, but she also talks way too much about herself. She seems ...more
Anna
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What you are about to read is not science fiction.” It’s a good thing that Jenny Kleeman starts her astounding book with this statement, as the places and experiences she takes us to could very well have been taken from a Philip K Dick novel. This jaw-dropping book takes the reader deep into the realms of ground-breaking technologies which plan to augment human experience and existence. From robots which will not only do all the housework and have sex with you but also keep a conversation going ...more
Catherine McCafferty Chambers
This book arrived yesterday and I couldn't put it down. Felt that Kleeman was generous with all individuals interviewed and humanised the technology really well. The main dichotomy throughout the book is between technological solutions versus behaviour change. Kleeman asks each entrepreneur, "wouldn't it be better for people/culture to change?" and that is at the heart of her skepticism. All four chapters (sex, food, birth, death) explore the gender imbalance in the development of these technolo ...more
Lindsay
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
When it comes to reading, Science isn't usually my thing. There's that sterotype that it's boring and complicated but that is definitely not the case here! You already know from the title that Sex Robots and Vegan Meat, isn't your usual Scientific book but it is far more interesting, intriguing and entertaining than I could have beleived. Jenny Kleeman looks at four of the core aspects of the human experience: sex, food, birth and death, and what effect technological advances in these fields cou ...more
Heather
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very exactly my area of interest, and as a fan of Jenny Kleeman's reporting, I've been waiting a while for this book. The section on vegan meat is particularly excellent, and the birth section was almost completely new (and fascinating) information to me. While I wish the sex robot section had included more of a critical look at the claims of the industry, with regards to both their market value and the tech they claim they will be able to create, this is still the sort of work you can't ...more
Sarah
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weird and wonderful, "Sex Robots and Vegan Meat" is an exemplary piece of work from Jenny Kleeman. It's clearly the result of an enormous amount of research, presented in accessible, plain language. I found each section hugely interesting and enlightening. In places I laughed uproariously, in others I was moved to near tears. Prime coronavirus lockdown, self-isolation reading. Get on it! And buy a copy for a friend, real or robotic. 
Derek Keeping
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Had to think about this one a bit before reviewing. The title may lead some to read for the titillation, but that’s not what is going on here at all.
The book is an examination of four technological solutions to perceived problems. All are examined in relation to exactly what they are trying to fix and more importantly potential consequences of these “fixes”.
I found the sections on artificial wombs and assisted dying particularly interesting and scary in equal measure. These are potential big cha
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Raayan Pillai
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Started off strong but quickly became prescriptive. Pessimistic futurist views strike as luddite and are a beaten horse. I did appreciate the interesting (and bold) journalism, willingness to interview some alternative folk
Ietrio
Aug 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
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A small, unimaginative mind, babbling about the childhood TV ingurgitated while abandoned by the family. The scary white lab coat men who will do bad things to us, the "silent" majority.
Helen
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
In a time when entrepreneurs and disruptors are jostling to be Next Big Thing, Jenny Kleeman takes on four areas of innovation which could prove to be the very biggest: external wombs for human parents, animal meat that doesn't come from animals, robots for the lonely and companionless, and suicide machines that give a painless and dignified death. Kleeman takes us from Europe and Asia to America and Australia, interviewing scientists, proponents, critics, and the people for whom these innovatio ...more
Sara
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is divided into four parts: sex robots, vegan meat, out of body birth bags and end of life methods. These are all things in development around the globe to improve (?) people's lives. Each section is a very interesting read. How they are trying to make sex robots more life like; delving into the socio-economical aspects of them going on to the market. I found it very interesting that the majority of vegan meat developments are not about culturing meat from animal cells than using plant ...more
Lindsay
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to reading, Science isn't usually my thing. There's a stereotype that it's boring and complicated but that is definitely not the case here! You already know from the title that Sex Robots and Vegan Meat, isn't your usual Scientific book but it is far more interesting, intriguing and entertaining than I could have believed. Jenny Kleeman looks at four of the core aspects of the human experience: sex, food, birth and death, and what effect technological advances in these fields could ...more
Emily
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is completely overwhelming, in an amazing way. Jenny Kleeman is an entertaining and insightful reporter, but her observations are always based in reality which makes every discovery and interview able to be read with a sense of belief. Everything she uncovers might seem like complete science fiction but because her ideas are grounded in current society and real-world issues, none of it ever feels silly or exaggerated. I couldn’t finish the final chapter (personal reasons made it too ha ...more
Kati Ilomäki
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
The topic is interesting but I had to drop this after 45 pages! Never before have I felt so uncomfortable as the writer serves lame, shame-splaining comments about her intervieews through out the text. You don't need to agree with their opinions but Kleeman's narrator is apparantly Ellen DeGeneres of non-fiction.
Anti Erisalu
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Huvitavate nurkade alt toob asju välja.
Aviva Kane
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interested, but the author was a little too judgemental.
Sophie
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting and kind of spooky!
Julia
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ok, a few panic attacks on the way through and I read it!
Nicole Whitton
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review by searching for the title on pressreader.com
JudithCollins
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
If y’all told me a piece of writing by a Guardian reporter was fucking brilliant before I read this, I would have frantically ran around the house looking for a gas leak.
Marc Buckley
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insightful read with both sides of the story portrayed. Good read and insightful to those interested in the styles used or not used by disruptive business startups. To find our check out my interview Video Podcast with Jenny Kleeman here: https://youtu.be/uMijVvpJJQE ...more
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Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary-maker. She writes for the Guardian, Tortoise, The Times and the Sunday Times. She has reported for BBC One's Panorama, Channel 4's Dispatches and VICE News Tonight on HBO, as well as making 13 films from across the globe for Channel 4's Unreported World. Sex Robots & Vegan Meat is her first book. ...more

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