Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived
Meet roboticist Daniel H. Wilson co-author "Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived," a hilarious look at the future imagined through movies, television, and comic books. He reveals which technologies are already available and those that do not yet exist - explaining what stands in the way of making them real.
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?- Books Inc.
Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H. Wilson is an author and contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in 2005, where he also received Master's degrees in Robotics and Machine Learning.
He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion (winner of the WIRED magazine RAVE Award for best book of 2006), as well as Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived.
Wilson's work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Wired magazine, and Discover magazine and he has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and LA Times, as well as on national radio and television programs such as Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Tech Nation with Dr. Moira Gunn.