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Hello from 2030

The Science of the Future and You

Will the future be what we think, or will our predictions be laughably wrong? Get a glimpse of what’s coming—and how we know—in this firsthand look at futurology, the science of predicting the future.

What will the future look like? From “living” homes to computers as thin as paper to cars that drive themselves, you’ll get a peek at what’s coming just around the corner in Hello from 2030.

In the year 2030, issues we’re just now starting to address will be a very big deal. Like: What will 8 billion people eat? How can humans produce less trash? Which cool technologies will be used to figure all this out?

Packed with real-world relevance and brain-stretching scenarios, this book empowers the problem solvers of tomorrow to start taking action today.

Hello from 2030 1. A TOUR OF YOUR NEW HOME


How are you? We just moved! I have a room now that can be as big as one hundred square feet. The room is next to the guest room, and when there aren’t any guests, we push my wall out as far as we can so that my room can be extra big. Then, when guests come, we just push the wall back and the guest room is bigger again.

My wall is almost seven feet high and twenty feet wide, and made of ePaper. Oh yeah, you don’t know what an ePaper wall is. It’s a big, thin, three-dimensional screen. Great for watching movies, playing games, or having as a background. You know what? Read this chapter. You’ll get to know all about homes in 2030.

A comfortable hello from 2030!

What does the house of the future look like? There’s a lot of conversation about that among architects. According to some, we won’t be living much differently in 2030 than we do now. But according to others, in a few years, homes will have totally different shapes, will be made from completely new materials, and will be filled, of course, with the latest technological gadgets. Other experts say homes won’t be made from newly invented materials but from natural stuff: walls of clay where vegetables and fruit can grow, for example.1 These are three very different ideas that are all very logical. Older homes will continue to be the way they are, but modern homes will change the most. They’ll become more environmentally friendly and power efficient. And that can be done in two ways: with natural materials and with high-tech materials.
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Jan Paul Schutten has been writing children's nonfiction books since 2003. A native of The Netherlands, his books are popular and critically acclaimed; he has won several awards including the Gouden Griffel (Golden Stylus) for his book Children of Amsterdam.

"Between the possibilities Schutten invokes and the many digital illustrations of imaginary futuristic tech, the book should leave readers wondering what their future might look like."

– Publishers Weekly

This title gives readers an overview of trends and possibilities in home design, technology, natural resources, energy extraction, food production, and robotics. It will enhance science discussions and independent research. The text spends more time predicting infiltration of computers in domestic life, and on occasion falls into the trope that the future equals faster and that faster is better. The text uses inventive dialogue to illustrate the pros and cons of resource use. It concludes that the sustainability of the earth is in the hands of people. The full-color layout sparks the imagination. Text call-outs cover unusual topics including the generation of power through kites. This is a book ready to laugh at itself while addressing serious issues and solutions. The book includes an extensive Notes section containing articles from National Geographic to CNET and Huffington Post. Table of Contents. Index.

– Library Media Connection, March/April 2015

“Geared for school-aged children, with little notes from future selves, [Hello from 2030?] brings up the hot topics that will change society for better or worse....It’s approach is guaranteed to get inquisitive readers searching for more.”

– Lea Mcbain, Librarian at Newbury Public Library

“My inner SyFy geek emerged as I was enthralled page after page. I will definitely find a way to integrate this text into my curriculum.”

– Jessie Beth Miller, Educator at Doak Elementary

“Absolutely fascinating! I couldn’t put this down, and that is rare for non-fiction. I learned about science but also used my imagination. I just love this book!”

– Debby Vandersande, Librarian

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