‘Soonish’ by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith is a witty and informative skip through where we are with emerging technologies and their potential consequences. Wife and husband team Kelly and Zach Weinersmith set out their stall at the start of ‘Soonish: Emerging Technologies that will Improve and/or Ruin Everything’ (Particular Books, £22, ISBN 9781846148996), a light-hearted but thorough run through technologies that are set to have a massive impact on the world in the near future.
Why planning how we cope with superhuman artificial intelligence is the most important conversation of our time. Imagine that everyone in the world over the age of five apart from you has died suddenly. The surviving infants have trapped you in a cell and decided that the best way to restore humanity to the planet is to keep you there in the capacity of an advisor.
The struggle to harness and exploit energy goes back to the roots of human history. The fact that energy can be transformed from one form to another but not created and destroyed is one of the first principles hammered into young people when they start studying science in earnest. As they progress through their education though, it’s usually only those who stick with sciences who get to consider what the first law of thermodynamics means on a large scale.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".