Sign-in to purchase

In Basket

Summary

The most innovative minds in science and technology reveal a vision for the future of life on Earth - and beyond.

Every year, 200 experts across machine learning, automation, robotics, and space arrive in Palm Springs for MARS - the yearly, invitation-only event hosted by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - to share new ideas about how these four fields will shape our future.

In What Happens Next: Conversations from MARS, TV host and maker of things Adam Savage (MythBusters) takes listeners deep inside the MARS conference. In interviews with more than a dozen leading scientists and thinkers - including former astronaut Mike Massimino, iRobot co-founder Rodney Brooks, Dava Newman (former deputy administrator of NASA), Oren Etzioni (CEO, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence), futurist Kate Compton, and Caleb Harper (director of the Open Agriculture initiative at MIT) - Savage explores the mind-blowing and often misunderstood ways in which science and innovation are transforming the way we live, work, and play.

Full of wonder, optimism, and plain old awesomeness, What Happens Next will be a revelation for anyone who’s ever wondered about what our future will look like and how we’ll get there.    

©2018 Audible Originals LLC (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

More from the same

What listeners say about What Happens Next? Conversations from MARS

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    57
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

it was a good read

I really.rnjpyed this very interesting i learned alot about what Mars is about and its not what you think

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 31-12-18

So much fun in a very geeky kinda way!

This is actually a really fun book, in a very geeky kinda way... and Wow, it's done by Adam Savage the co-host of MythBusters! The show that ran for years on Discovery channel, and I never missed an episode! I've been keeping tabs on Adam... his love for making things, his YouTube videos where he might interview an author, such as Andy Weir, or do a terribly geeky build, or having fun at a SciFi convention...
This book just highlighted Adam Savage's excitement for all things cutting-edge science, from advanced A.I. and robotics to the health sciences, thinking outside the box, Maker Spaces, and the book ends by talking about space and space travel.
This book is very listener friendly. It's set up more like a podcast or Ted Talks, so I (a non-scientific type) could understand and enjoy this book

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kingsley
  • Kingsley
  • 27-12-18

Machine learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space

M.A.R.S. is an annual closed door conference looking at technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and space travel. Run by Amazon's Jeff Bezos it is a collection of futurists looking at what technology my bring. Despite what the name suggests, it is not wholly (or even primarily) focused on space and getting to, and living on, the planet Mars

Adam Savage, of Mythbusters, takes us behind those closed doors, giving an insight into the 2018 conference. This is a NPR type presentation, or a long podcast.

Savage was invited along to present and discuss armor and suits, including his large collection of replica medieval armor and space suits. He then interviews a variety of the other people at the conference, looking at subjects including:

- artificial intelligence (is the Skynet situation likely to happen?)
- the future of space suits (and exosuits that could augment our abilites)
- remote medical robots (allowing surgery to be done from behind a keyboard halfway across the world)
- helper robots (from roombas to Jetson's Rosie)
- devices to help disabled people (robotic limbs, deep brain stimulation, advanced hearing aids)
- environmental control (biodomes... for living on other planets?)
- space exploration (talking to astronauts and the guys who confirmed gravitational waves)
- and more....

Strangely the conference also includes physical and practical things - like swimming lessons for those that want them. They will exercise your body while you are there, not just your mind.

As with many discussions of future technology this release could look very laughable and quaint in five or ten years. Or it could look prescient. I'm guessing it is probably a mix of both. Some we will be realised, some will be close, some will be seen to be silly, surpassed ideas. But it is a great snapshot of how the future is seen from 2018.

The format is a series of interviews and discussions led by Savage. He is the main narrator, providing the background and the context for the discussion and convention, while various experts (all convention attendees) fill in the technical details of their work.

The audio is well produced. The sound quality of the interviews etc is all clear. Savage is a good lead for this, walking people through the discussion and explaining it is a way that is not talking down, but also not excluding people who are not techno-savvy.

There is some music, used to highlight moments of the audio, but it is not overwhelming, overused or misplaced.

If you like NPR, Freakonomics or similar things, you will probably like this.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for R. MCRACKAN
  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 28-12-18

Podcast/TED style infotainment

This was a fun surface level look at a conference of futurists lead by Jeff Bezos about the tech which will take us beyond the greatest reaches of human understanding. Then when that doesn't sound practical they tell us how it will improve in-home healthcare and factory automation. Cynicism aside, to me these fall-back positions serve to greatly underscore that predicting the future is a fool's errand -- but wherever we're going, we won't get there without dreamers and tinkering scientists.

This was a fun quick listen and if you can get it for free: do so. Don't pay money or credits though. It's the same quality as any of a number of really good podcasts.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Qwho2002
  • Qwho2002
  • 31-12-18

not what I expected. it was better.

Adam was not reading a book. it's a interview and radio show. it's a great set of stories and interviews.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brandon Villalta
  • Brandon Villalta
  • 17-04-20

Brightens our view of humanity

It doesn't just give a glance into the inspiring future we're heading towards. But also shows us a deeper reflection upon the value of what we have today and the road we left behind, which has guided us to new horizons beyond our imagination.
This is creativity and genius to it's highest extent, but manifested in humble, beautiful way.

We DO live in a world full of problems, but we as species, can do wonderful things. No problem can outfight us when our brightest minds, our warmest hearts and our bravest spirits unite and work together for the greater good.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for md samiul islam
  • md samiul islam
  • 08-02-20

Nice book

this book is very nice.this is the interesting story..this book is fantastic story.i love this book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-19

Great book

This is a really good book. Book about our near future, which already is here.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for M. Lambert
  • M. Lambert
  • 30-12-18

Interesting

Positive take on the potential future of technology. Adam does a good job of keeping it interesting.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bonn Karla
  • Bonn Karla
  • 10-04-21

Humanity in a Scientific Viewpoint

There's probably a video of this somewhere. It's set up like those Discovery Channel documentary.
Here, it's about an event called M.A.R.S. that happened in California.

It a lot of times, propped up Amazon and Jeff Bezos, obviously. And in a way defending the value of algorithms and technology. There was a point where in the problem of surveillance was talked about, by a person interviewed, but didn't go in depth. In my understanding, these algorithms were linear anyway, it has a purpose that serves the goal of its makers - technically, the company who made them. So, think what you get about that.
It also has a part where they talk about "ethical algorithms". Which is nuts, because - they want to quantify ethics?
I guess it's because in the field of science, emotions are usually get taken for granted, as a produce of hormones and nothing more. But, Humans are living beings for a reason, and emotions are a part of it, quantifying it a reach, because even the field of psychology can't even fully understand it yet.

Humans are indeed smarter than computers or robots. We are its maker. But, this documentary is eliminating the human flaws and floor. A lot more humans are underprivilege, and have no opportunity, or worst the capacity to compete in a future that this documentary was visualizing. Adam did say that our world has a lot of problems, yet forgot to include that:
1. Humans actually made most these problems, and
2. Why aren't we solving the solvable ones even though we already have the technology to do so - I believe it's because, it needs funding and no one wants to fund it yet.

Don't get me wrong. I did study in this field. Science has been always about improving the lives of humans. But let's not also lie to ourselves that human intentions plays a huge part on pushing for what's next. And human intentions are usually good or bad, and the in between are denials.

Oh! But I love that person who talked about the wars in Syria, and other countries in dire situations. I love how 3D printers helped in creating immediate needs at a lower costs. That's super cool. I'm just sad that 3 years have past, and there's still a war going on there.

P.S. This was made back in 2018, and my opinion on this is based on my 2021 knowledge.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fredonna Walker
  • Fredonna Walker
  • 23-03-21

Fascinating!!

This audio program has so many cool interviews it’s difficult to know which one was my favorite. If you are at all interested in the latest in cutting edge science and technology, you must listen to this one!!