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Where's My Jetpack? [Paperback]

Daniel H. Wilson
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5 Nov 2007
It's the twenty-first century and let's be honest - things are a little disappointing. Contrary to 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 robot servants? In "Where's My Jetpack?", roboticist Daniel H Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we always imagined for ourselves. He exposes groundbreaking 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. If it doesn't yet exist, you will learn what barriers stand in the way of making it real. With thirty entries spanning everything from underwater hotels to self-contained skyscraper cities, and superbly illustrated by Richard Horne ("101 Things to Do Before You Die"), "Where's My Jetpack?" is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind look at the world that we always dreamed of and that we're still waiting for.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747582866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747582861
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel, exploring the inner workings of everyday stuff. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com.

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About the Author

Daniel H. Wilson is a roboticist at Carnegie-Mellon's Robotics Institute.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The future is now... Sort of.. 3 Sep 2008
By S. Lake
Format:Paperback
This book goes about finding the truth behind all the greatest science fiction inventions, from jetpacks to underwater cities.

It's written in a funny, but informative manner that, at first, makes you wonder if it's just parody. As you read more you realise that this actually is a serious run down of real inventions that either fell by the way side, or have yet to come into to mainstream use.

Some of the real life inventions are mundane compared to their SciFi versions, while others are terrifying and will possibly make you wish they weren't real.

If you're into scifi and real life science, it's a great book, well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zoom! 20 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book, some great gadgets and devices (which I really wish were here now!) but a little sparse on content - large print so less content
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