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Where's My Jetpack

We've all seen the sort of futuristic life which science fiction promises us. But this is the future, so why don't we have colonies on the moon and Mars, and why aren't we surrounded by robots? In Where's My Jetpack?:A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived , Daniel Wilson looks at a number of futuristic technologies, and tell us if they have actually been implemented.

Jetpacks, it seems, were a popular idea in the 1960's, but never got anywhere. Likewise the fuel consumption and likelyhood of accidents means than flying cars have yet to replace ground based ones. Teleportation looks like the way ahead - but so far only works on single photons.

Robots pets are now becoming available, even if there's some way to go before robot servants will be doing our housework for us. If you're rich enough you can go on a space vacation, and you can even try to defeat death by having you're body frozen when you die, with the hope of being revived when medical technology improves.

The book has many other short articles explaining whether you might be able to get hold of futuristic devices, and would make an ideal gift for any sci-fi addicts that you know. It doesn't go too deeply into why society has rejected such ideas, but is just what you need for a bit of humourous reading to fill odd moments.

Amazon.co.uk info
Paperback 192 pages  
ISBN: 0747582866
Salesrank: 783173
Weight:0.75 lbs
Published: 2007 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Product Description

It's the twenty-first century and let's be honest-things are a little disappointing. Despite every World's Fair prediction, every futuristic ride at Disneyland, and the advertisements on the last page of every comic book, we are not living the future we were promised. By now, life was supposed to be a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia, a place where a grown man could wear a velvet spandex unitard and not be laughed at. Where are the ray guns, the flying cars, and the hoverboards that we expected? What happened to our promised moon colonies? Our servant robots?
In Where's My Jetpack?, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we always imagined for ourselves. He exposes technology, spotlights existing prototypes, and reveals drawing-board plans. You will learn which technologies are already available, who made them, and where to find them. If the technology is not public, you will learn how to build, buy, or steal it. And if doesn't yet exist, you will learn what stands in the way of making it real. With thirty entries spanning everything from teleportation to self-contained skyscraper cities, and superbly illustrated by Richard Horne (101 Things to Do Before You Die), Where's My Jetpack? is an endlessly entertaining, one-of-a-kind look at the world that we always wanted.
Daniel H. Wilson, Ph.D, has a degree in Robotics from Carnegie-Mellon. He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising. He lives in Portland, Oregon.