Michio Kaku will keep you current from your sun bed
When you rent a private villa for a period of supreme escapism and downtime, the pre-holiday checklist is refreshingly short. As soon as you arrive in your chosen paradise, be it Phuket
. You are generally met by eager, helpful staff, suitable primed and ready to make sure your holiday needs are met with a minimum of fuss and delay. Tasty meals can be served right to your sun lounger and if you're in need of a daily massage to melt away the lingering bother of those unanswered emails, simply ask and you shall receive, complete with lapping waves or chattering palms as a reverie inducing soundtrack.
One of the few things a personal concierge can't instantly manifest for you, however, is a good book, although most villas have a library of fine prose courtesy of previous guests. Soaking up the rays with intermittent dips in the pool is a fine way to pass the day, but there's nothing quite like immersing yourself in prose (whether on the printed page or a tablet) to switch the brain into full fledged holiday mode.
Though a scan of most beaches suggests most people prefer to flick through magazines or airport novels on holiday; I personally often opt for non-fiction. One, because it generally means I will learn something while lazing around on the sand. Two because it offers a reassuring reminder that other people are busy keeping the wheels turning while I have stepped off the carousel for a breather.
One of this month's book recommendations on the Luxury Villa and Homes Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Luxury.Villas.Holiday.Rentals
) is a fascinating and sometimes scary sneak peek into the scientific and technological breakthroughs that are very likely to change people's daily lives by the year 2100. "Physics of the Future" by quantum physicist and enigmatic science TV presenter Michio Kaku, gently guides you through the latest work of leading minds in fields such computer and nanotechnology, space exploration, medicine and energy production.
Although clearly written by a scientist rather than a novelist, what the book lacks in poetic prose, it certainly makes up for in enlightening, surprising and often frightening information. Having interviewed over 300 top scientists, Kaku confidently predicts a series of sweeping developments this century that will transform the world for the better and worse.
On the positive side, he explains how nanotechnology will soon make it possible for most machines to be built into to even the smallest casings. Computers will therefore be easily replaced by eye glasses with web surfing becoming increasingly intuitive and online tasks performed with a blink of the eye. Meanwhile, important medical instruments such as M.R.I machines will shrink to the size of a mobile phone. Kaku also explains that with almost everything in our home and office connected to the web, daily tasks like restocking the fridge will be automated and other monotonous tasks such as cleaning or washing clothes will be managed artificial intelligence.
Slightly more ominous are the scientist's predictions that increasing numbers of animal and plant species will become extinct and that global warming will see major cities submerged by the end of the century. He also voices concern that if significant advancements in areas such as robotics or genetic engineering fall into the wrong hands, the ramifications could disastrous. Yet even with such bleak observations, the book manages to hang on to a persuasive belief that technological advancement will save humanity from self-destructive demise.
In the chapter that looks at the ever expanding world of online capability, Kaku enthusiastically paints a picture of the day when employees and executives away on holiday will be able to insert special contact lenses and teleconference with the office by blinking.
As you recline on your cushioned daybed and read about these incredible innovation , you will not only be impressed by their scope, but perhaps also relieved that some of them are not yet a practical reality.
by LVH Marketing