The Future of Technology Reviews

What Is the Future of 3D Printing?: ISBN 978-1-68282-066-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-067-4
Booklist, December 1, 2016

Although developed in the 1980s, 3-D printing wasn’t available for consumer use until recently. While 3-D printing has become a fun part of the maker movement, this volume in the Future of Technology series looks at practical and innovative uses of 3-D printing for shaping modern life. The opening chapter explains the 3-D printing process, particularly how it’s more flexible and less wasteful than traditional manufacturing. Subsequent chapters focus on how 3-D printing is revolutionizing transportation, medicine, homes, and space travel. Each topic includes numerous real-world examples, both successfully completed projects and those in the works. Readers will be amazed by “Robotboats” that scan waterways too dangerous for humans, new skin bioprinted for burn victims, and pizzas printed to feed astronauts on spaceflights. The scant photo illustrations are counterbalanced with fascinating descriptions of these astounding technologies; and while there is no concluding chapter, individual sections do a great job of addressing current limitations of 3-D printing and its future development. An inspiring resource for students who want to turn their pastime into a STEM career.
Angela Leeper


What Is the Future of Artificial Intelligence?: ISBN 978-1-68282-060-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-061-2
What Is the Future of Drones?: ISBN 978-1-68282-062-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-063-6
What Is the Future of Nanotechnology?: ISBN 978-1-60152-962-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-963-3
What Is the Future of Self-Driving Cars?: ISBN 978-1-68282-0643 / eBook: 978-1-68282-065-0
What Is the Future of Virtual Reality?: ISBN 978-1-68282-094-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-095-7
What Is the Future of 3D Printing?: ISBN 978-1-68282-066-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-067-4
School Library Journal, November 1, 2016

Gr 9 Up– Techies will appreciate the comprehensive nature of these text-heavy resources. Beginning with a detailed visual time line charting the evolution of the technology, each volume begins with a brief overview of the subject’s history, then goes into great detail exploring its myriad contemporary uses and its possible future applications. Benefits and risks are addressed in a matter-of-fact tone, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. The writing effectively balances clarity and detail, avoiding needless complexity and ambiguity when communicating key concepts. Interestingly, the series opts not to highlight key words in bold print but rather places a “Words in Context” sidebar on that page to define the important term. Confident readers won’t mind the scarcity of photos and other images but will relish the thorough list of source notes.
VERDICT Libraries with a strong emphasis on research or technology will especially benefit from these welcome additions.


What Is the Future of Artificial Intelligence?: ISBN 978-1-68282-060-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-061-2
What Is the Future of Drones?: ISBN 978-1-68282-062-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-063-6
What Is the Future of Nanotechnology?: ISBN 978-1-60152-962-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-963-3
What Is the Future of Self-Driving Cars?: ISBN 978-1-68282-0643 / eBook: 978-1-68282-065-0
What Is the Future of Virtual Reality?: ISBN 978-1-68282-094-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-095-7
What Is the Future of 3D Printing?: ISBN 978-1-68282-066-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-067-4
School Library Connection, November 1, 2016

Each book in this series starts off with an interesting anecdote that will pull readers in and will create interest for personal reading as well as research needs. The information is detailed and highly informative for students in middle through high school. The data is current and many professionals in each field are quoted. Instead of a glossary, this series offers “words in context,” which provides definitions to words in a colored box within the text. This aligns nicely for teachers focusing on teaching vocabulary in context. There are pictures placed selectively throughout the text, which makes it feel appropriate for high school research. These books can be used across the curriculum as there are many connections, particularly to social studies. Additional Resources. Index. Timeline. Websites.
—Elizabeth Andersen, Librarian, Westbrook (Maine) High School
Highly Recommended