Official Review: The Future of Everything by Tim Dunlop

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Official Review: The Future of Everything by Tim Dunlop

Post by prospero360 » 23 Jan 2019, 14:51

[Following is an official review of "The Future of Everything" by Tim Dunlop.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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How can we make the world a better place? This is a question that has crossed my mind on several occasions. While there are little things we can do individually to make the world a better place, there are some issues with respect to work, political power, technology, and education that affect the world, and we can't solve these issues individually. In The Future of Everything, Tim Dunlop addresses some of these issues and goes further to propose theories that will solve these problems. The book is divided into two parts: "Premise" and "Practice". In "Premise", the author discusses issues surrounding political power and the privatization of resources that should be shared by the public. While "Practice" covers the issues surrounding work, the media, the government, education, and wealth distribution.

Before reading this book, I felt that whether or not I agreed with the author's theories was secondary to the execution of the book. So, the first thing I looked out for was how the author presented his theories. Tim used a simple and clear language, which made it easy for me to follow what he was saying throughout the book. The book was heavily backed by research from a lot of experts mostly supporting the author's theories, and he also included references at the end of the book for further study. I liked that the author used personal stories at times to help drive home some of his points, like when he used the story of his son's passion for dancing when discussing the issues with the quote; "find something you love to do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life." This made the book more relatable for me.

The way the author presented the opinions of the political left and the political right concerning the issues he discussed was another feature of the book I liked. He presented their opinions in a way that showed his understanding of both sides' views, and he gave reasonable explanations for why he felt some of their views may or may not solve the issues. It is safe to say that Tim presented his theories expertly. The only thing I didn't like, in this regard, was that some acronyms weren't explained, like MOOC in the "Education" chapter. There were also a few terms, like "Keynesianism" and "Totalitarianism", that I didn't understand. However, Google helped me navigate through those areas.

Furthermore, Tim's statements were really thought-provoking, especially when he talked about how some tech companies, like Facebook and Google, use our data for free without paying us; considering that giving our data is a service we provide to them. I also found his views on sortition as a means of choosing leaders and renationalization interesting. He cites examples using policies adopted by Australia that are similar to what he proposes. The fact that some of these theories have been successful in Australia influenced me to agree with him on some issues. The author also talked about implementing a universal basic income model, and even though he made some interesting points about it, this is one of his opinions I'm not sure I agree with.

While I found about 10 errors in the book, I still think The Future of Everything is fairly well edited, as most of the errors I found were minor errors, and they didn't affect my reading. I found The Future of Everything very educational. It even exposed problems that I didn't know existed, and I appreciate the solutions the author offered. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I had to remove one star because of the grammatical errors in the book. I would recommend this book to people that are interested in making the world a better place. People that are politically engaged will also find this book very interesting.

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Post by Anthony__ » 25 Jan 2019, 08:32

Wow! Great review, I love how you analyzed this book: The two sections: "Premise" and "Practice" makes the book really intriguing to read based on your review alone.

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Post by kandscreeley » 25 Jan 2019, 09:31

I really like that this was such a balanced view. Sometimes, the author can't help but lean one way or the other. I also appreciate that he doesn't just point out problems, but he gives solutions as well. I'm curious to see what he has to say. Thanks.
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Post by Jessacardinal » 25 Jan 2019, 13:23

I like your unbiased review of the material the author presents in the book.
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Post by Rose Harebate » 25 Jan 2019, 14:16

Since I am one of those people interested in making the world a better place, I would read the book to learn more. However, a political side of the book will somehow affect my interest, for I'm not a fan of politics, not unless they are not extensively described of course. Informative review.

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Post by Amanda Deck » 25 Jan 2019, 14:23

Great review! The description of its set-up, the author's manner of presentation, letting us know what the author is aiming for with this tells just what to expect from the book. That's very helpful when choosing political books.

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Post by kdstrack » 25 Jan 2019, 19:18

I really like the author's approach of presenting both sides of the issues. He seems to be in favor of the universal basic income, so I wonder if his other ideas tend to be socialistic. Thanks for such an interesting review.

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Post by Casper1622 » 26 Jan 2019, 05:59

This sounds like a very informative book, but I’m not really politically engaged. I still may read this book though. Thank you for the review.

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Post by cap5 » 27 Jan 2019, 06:43

Thanks for your nice review and your opinions about the book "the future of every things".It gives us a clear picture of the book and encourage us to buy this book and have deep engagement with it.I suggest fun"s of literature to eat or finish their work first and study this book since you will not want to miss any content and episode of the book.

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Post by DogoMulla » 28 Jan 2019, 06:10

I certainly want to make the world a better place, who doesn't? Considering the detailed review you have graced us with above, this is something we need to read. Nice work.

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Post by Kajori50 » 06 Feb 2019, 08:16

This seems to be a very informative read. I like how the author provides solutions to the problems presented.

Thank you for the great review.

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