Where is my jet pack? I think these blokes are to blame… (Editor’s notes)

Communication in electronic age fraught with peril
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/29/2010

A few years ago, I found a great book under the Christmas tree written by Daniel Wilson. Entitled Where is My Jet Pack: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived, it took a look at a bunch of those space-age inventions — you know, all the good stuff we saw at futuristic rides at Disney World, on Star Trek and The Jetsons — that were supposed to make life easier for us in the 21st century.

But when we awoke in a post-Y2K world, there were no flying cars, ray guns or jet packs in sight. Velvet spandex unitards have yet to become the customary workplace outfit (though, we might be thankful for that one). But hoverboards? Servant robots? A colony on the moon? Those things are just plain cool.

So what happened? Where, exactly, is my jet pack? I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with one of this issue’s cover stories.