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2020 like it ought to be

Jet suit paramedic

13 comments to 2020 like it ought to be

  • Flubber

    Very Cool.

    Ironman suits get that little bit closer.

  • Not sure the hand controls are ideal – the old jetpacks with their nozzles place no strain on the arms and your lifted by the harness. This looks like the pilot is doing in inverted overhead press. 90 seconds of lifting your own body weight, your equipment, and all the jet suit must be pretty heavy.

  • The SF future I read about when young is coming far too slowly – but it’s a lot closer than the one promised by socialism will ever be. Now if I could just feel sure that it was also a lot closer than the one threatened by socialism …

  • That depends upon the SF you read. I tried to avoid dystopias, but they happened anyway. It’s only a guess they were due to socialism, because that word was never used except perhaps by Ayn Rand. But she hardly wrote SF.

  • bobby b

    1. I’m lying broken on the side of the mountain, life ebbing away.

    2. Paramedic with jetpack flies up and alights next to me.

    3. Convinced I’ve seen the Angel of Death, I succumb to a heart attack and die.

  • Fraser Orr

    My concern is what happens when the paramedic crashes and burns that contraption (which is inevitable) where are they going to get the paramedic to help the paramedic?

  • Alan Peakall

    The SF future that I read about when young proposed melting the north polar ice cap by design in order to open up Siberia and Canada for greater grain production and so stave off disastrous global famine. I feel very old!

  • Sean

    I’m guessing it is way loud and takes some serious skill to fly. Just around the corner then…

  • Jacob

    It also produces a lot of CO2, so it will be verboten.

  • Douglas2

    Zilwerks – –

    It looks like the turbines on the hands are ‘additional’ for extra lift and for control of direction, and that there is still lots of lift on the harness:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daedalus_Flight_Pack

  • Mike Smith

    Am I the only one who at first glance read that as Je suis paramedic?

  • Andrew Duffin

    No, you are not the only one who read it that way.

    Am I the only one who assumed (and still suspects) that the video is some kind of photoshop/deep fake thing?

  • Paul Marks

    Excellent – this is what 2020 should be like.

    I am very pleased.

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