Plainly put, Soonish is the most soulful podcast about technology that you'll ever hear.
—Tamar Avishai, The Lonely Palette
I'm Wade Roush, a technology journalist and audio producer based in Boston. Welcome to Soonish—a podcast where we learn how to navigate the future, together.
Why does the present look and feel so different from the past? How do we know the future will be different from the present? The answer is technology, which keeps giving us new ways to work, build, and live.
But a lot of people seem to think technological change is just something that happens to them. They see new inventions like social media or Siri or self-driving cars coming into their lives, and they feel they have no power to alter their course.
I don't believe that's true. When we understand where tech ideas really come from—and how we adopt them, or abandon them—we can see that we each have a real say in how technology spreads. And then we can be a little more intentional about the kind of future we’re building. That's what the show is about.
What’s ubiquitous but invisible, versatile yet temperamental, goopy when it’s hot and brittle when it’s cold, as old as civilization yet as new as the screen on your smartphone? The answer is glass. This week on Soonish, we ask what glass really is, and we look at how it will fit into our world in the future.
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This week Soonish, the podcast, is all about Soonish, the book! It's Kelly and Zach Weinersmith's hilarious and informative look at "ten technologies that'll improve and/or ruin everything."
Our unfinished arguments about the past make it harder to come together to think about the future. Can a stunning natural event like a total solar eclipse help unify us?