Finally...we were supposed to get these in 2000. The world’s first commercial jetpack will cost $150,000 next year

  • metta

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    Jun 29, 2015 5:17 AM GMT
    The world’s first commercial jetpack will cost $150,000 next year



    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/26/worlds-first-commercial-jetpack-next-year


    I think I will wait for the price to come wayyyyyy down.... ;)
  • metta

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    Jun 29, 2015 5:19 AM GMT
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    Jun 29, 2015 5:51 AM GMT
    metta8 said

    I love that image. When I was a kid we were all supposed to be flying around like the Jetsons by now, and living on other planets.

    But today I went to our car, and I saw tires on it, like cars have had for over 100 years. That wear out and I periodically have to replace, just like my Father did 70 years ago. And our car still can't fly.

    Most of these Jetsons predictions never came to pass. I sometimes think we've kinda slowed down in our daily life advances. Improvements, yes, but not real breakthroughs.

    Not like my grandparents, all 4 of whom were born in the 1800s. Who saw the first cars, electricity in homes, telephones, radio, movies, television, airplanes, computers, refrigerators, electric appliances, skyscrapers, satellites. I'm not sure any of us have lived through such comparable revolutionary advancements.

    My grandparents were all born into a world of candles and kerosene lamps, fireplaces for heat, and horse transportation. Handwritten letters were your only means of communication, unless you were near a Western Union telegraph office and wanted to pay for it.

    I would spend part of my summers on my Father's Mother's farm, where he was born in 1911 and grew up. A Czech immigrant, she never did learn to speak good English, but I would try to ask her about the old times. What it was like in the 1870s when she was born & beyond. In the background would be the TV playing the original "Perry Mason" show, one of her favorites.

    Then I'd return home, and watch the Jetsons on my own TV. None of those futuristic expectations they featured ever came true. I guess the really big advances skipped my generation. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 29, 2015 6:20 AM GMT
    Charles Darwin meets Ayn Rand.
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    Jun 29, 2015 8:43 AM GMT
    As a pilot I really hope these things are equipped with transponders so air traffic control radar can track them and direct other aircraft away from them. Otherwise they'll be nothing more than manned drones that get in the way of (and possibly endanger) other aircraft. I've already witnessed this phenomenon with civilian unmanned drones, causing news helicopters to leave areas due to the unsafe conditions (happened recently at the NFL celebration thing in Oakland CA).
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    Jun 29, 2015 8:45 AM GMT
    Oh and BTW, I own and operate an unmanned drone for personal video projects, so I'm not against the idea. I just hope the manufacturers and operators work together to keep the airspace safe.