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The Weather Machine by Andrew Blum

The Weather Machine: How We See Into the Future

Andrew Blum

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 27 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781847923400

`This fascinating book reveals the existence and origins of surely one of our species' greatest creations' (MARK VANHOENACKER, author of Skyfaring) - The Weather Machine is about a miraculous-but-overlooked invention that helps us through our daily lives - and sometimes saves them - by allowing us to see into the future.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
6 Jul 2019

"This book is his attempt to convey the technical brilliance and political significance of an achievement that hides in plain sight"

He knows, however, that this is a minority view. “The weather machine is a wonder we treat as a banality,” he writes: “a tool that we haven’t yet learned to trust.” This book is his attempt to convey the technical brilliance and political significance of an achievement that hides in plain sight.

 

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4 stars out of 5
15 Jun 2019

"the forecast for weathermen is bleak"

As Blum acknowledges, in weather forecasting as in so many other fields “multinational technology corporations are poised to create a new structure of data ownership and exchange”. In other words the meteorological business is on the brink of being privatised and commercialised. Having created something that benefits everyone regardless of nationality, location or financial circumstances, humanity is, it seems, meekly handing it over to Google, Amazon, Facebook and IBM to exploit. It’s a story that’s getting depressingly familiar.