Where Is My Flying Car?

Where Is My Flying Car?

by J. Storrs Hall
Where Is My Flying Car?

Where Is My Flying Car?

by J. Storrs Hall


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From an engineer and futurist, an impassioned account of technological stagnation since the 1970s and an imaginative blueprint for a richer, more abundant future.

The science fiction of the 1960s promised us a future remade by technological innovation. We’d vacation in geodesic domes on Mars, have meaningful conversations with computers, and drop our children off at school in flying cars. Fast-forward 60 years, and we’re still stuck in traffic in gas-guzzling sedans and boarding the same types of planes we flew in over half a century ago. What happened to the future we were promised?

In Where Is My Flying Car?, J. Storrs Hall sets out to answer this deceptively simple question. What starts as an examination of the technical limitations of building flying cars evolves into an investigation of the scientific, technological, and social roots of the economic stagnation that started in the 1970s. From the failure to adopt nuclear energy and the suppression of cold fusion technology to the rise of a counterculture hostile to progress, Hall recounts how our collective ambitions for the future were derailed, with devastating consequences for global wealth creation and distribution. He then outlines a framework for a future powered by exponential progress—one in which we build as much in the world of atoms as we do in the world of bits, one rich in abundance and wonder.

Drawing on years of original research and personal engineering experience, Where Is My Flying Car?, originally published in 2018, is an urgent, timely analysis of technological progress over the last 50 years and a bold vision for a better future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953953186
Publisher: Stripe Press
Publication date: 11/30/2021
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 394,696
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

J. Storrs Hall, PhD, is an independent scientist and author. He was the founding chief scientist of Nanorex, Inc. and a president of the Foresight Institute. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing and an associate editor of the International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation. He was also accredited as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the field of computational climate models. Hall’s previous books include Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine and Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology. Now residing on Chesapeake Bay, he dabbles in aerodynamics design under the auspices of Eastern Shore Flying Cars, LLC. He lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Part I—Profiles of the Past
Chapter 1: The World of Tomorrow
Chapter 2: The Graveyard of Dreams
Chapter 3: The Conquest of the Air
Chapter 4: Waldo and Magic, Inc.
Chapter 5: Cold Fusion?
Chapter 6: The Machiavelli Effect
Chapter 7: The Age of Aquarius
Chapter 8: Forbidden Fruit

Part II—Profiles of the Present
Chapter 9: Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited
Chapter 10: Dialogue Concerning the Two Great Systems of the World
Chapter 11: The Atomic Age
Chapter 12: When Worlds Collide
Chapter 13: When the Sleeper Wakes

Part III—Profiles of the Future
Chapter 14: The Dawn of Robots
Chapter 15: The Second Atomic Age
Chapter 16: Tom Swift and His Flying Car
Chapter 17: Escape Velocity
Chapter 18: Metropolis
Chapter 19: Engineers’ Dreams
Chapter 20: Rocket to the Renaissance

Appendix A: Energy Intensity of Predicted Technologies
Appendix B: Selected Readings
Appendix C: Epigraph Sources
Appendix D: Endnotes
Appendix E: Index
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