Where's My Jetpack?

Where's My Jetpack?

by Daniel H. Wilson

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635572674
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 891,476
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

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.
DANIEL H. WILSON is an engineer who earned his PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the author of Bro-Jitsu, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army. He lives in Oregon, with his wife, and blogs regularly at www.danielhwilson.com.

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Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CircAsst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a quick and quirky read then "Where¿s My Jetpack" is for you. Have you ever wondered where all those marvellous future inventions that were promised to you as a child have got to? Well this is a funny but factual account of progress so far (or lack of) on many gadgets and machines comic books and science fiction once assured us were just around the corner. Written by Daniel H. Wilson this book covers everything from robot pets to space lasers to teleportation. Having a PhD in Robotics you can be pretty sure he has a firm grasp of the subject material (at very least the robotics elements) and his research has obviously been wide. You may be surprised to read how much progress has been made on some pretty fantastic science and you will almost certainly find Wilson¿s humorous style entertaining. In the nicest way possible I would compare his writing to that of many writers of men¿s magazines, such as FHM. If you try this book and enjoy it keep a look out for another of Wilsons books, ¿How to survive a robot uprising¿.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amusing, tongue in cheek look at icons in classic science fiction and how close modern technology has come to achieving them. The design is quite cool, with heavy paper, blue sides and a sci-fi blue, black and silver cover. But in the end, it's still just waiting room material.
kristenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shorter and more blurby than I was expecting. Like blog entries, go figure. Clearly-explained science for us non-science folks, with a nice sense of humor. Fun random factoids that are handy at parties.