For decades, humans have been dreaming of the day that we all can travel around with jetpacks. Unfortunately that day has still not arrived. But according to an article on economywatch.com, it's coming.
Tesla's autopilot car had an accident which caused its occupant to die. Read the article HERE.
YOTK features automobiles that can be self-driven and autopiloted. When there is an accident or dangerous traffic conditions, the system kicks in and it takes over the driving from the driver. It is all handled superbly by the National Transportation Administration's computer system.
On September 11, 2026—the twenty-fifth
anniversary of the infamous 9/11 terrorist strikes on America—the
country’s enemies attacked the homeland once again. Islamic extremists
along with Somalian guerillas and other rivals—all secretly funded by
North Korea—detonated nuclear devices in New York City, Washington D.C.,
Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles (which caused the “Great Quake” that
sent most of that once-glorious state crumbling, radiated, into the
Pacific Ocean). They also bombed Paris,
Madrid, London, Toronto, and Milan. They continued their onslaught after
that—in cities, in subways, in airports, in malls—pipe-bombing,
dirty-bombing and chemical bombing almost daily until the American
government had finally had enough.
After nearly two years of a relentless turf war against invisible
enemies, the United States declared martial law across the entire nation
and initiated the Great Purge. All middle-Easters, visas, and
questionable beliefers were cast out of the country against their will …
guilty or not. Then, while under the new police state, the Reagan
Shield System (years secretly in the making) was completed and
America—along with its allies—did the unthinkable: they annihilated
The country, already in the midst of a depression, sank even deeper.
I've finally completed the second draft of YOTK: Part 4! Ugh. Writing a novel takes forever. Especially one about a future America not told from the first person point of view. Not only am I trying to tell a compelling tale, but I'm trying to forecast the future and fill out the thoughts and motivations of multiple characters so that readers will see that it's still all about people.
Anyway, I may add one scene to build a little more interaction between Liam and Major Lauren. I still need to do interior art and summarize the previous three parts in the PREVIOUSLY IN YEAR OF THE KING introduction.
Slowly, but surely, I will finish this book. Two more parts to go after this and at least two more sequels.
YEAR OF THE KING is filled with all types of #robots--like peacebots, firebots, medbots, and fetchbots. Most civilians in the book own their own servicebots. The newest model--the Footman 3000--was featured in an in-book ad and is touted as the next best thing from the American Humanoid Corporation.
This animated short about our future is both beautiful and grim. It shows how the world's jobs are being taken over by robots/automated work machines and what affect it will have on our society. Basically, high unemployment rates ... which will eventually lead to an economic depression at the rate it is going.
Future America in YEAR OF THE KING avoids the problem of unemployment because of America's Birth Laws which control population. Only one child per Status Level 2 couple. The requirements of a Status Level 2 couple are that both parents must be married and over the age of 25 at the time of conception in order to keep their baby. They are allowed to have only one child. Any thereafter (or in the case of twins/triplets/etc.) will be claimed by the government via the Government Adoption Program (aka, the G.A.P) where they will be raised and trained as a future agent to serve the country.
In YOTK, the bio-computer software system known as Intuit uses an advanced version of this algorithm to immediately "know" what you are thinking and wanting in order to make decisions for you even before you already knew what it was (ie: dialing up a friend, choosing a function on your screen, or finding the answer to a search question).
Much of the User Experience is external (as with the holoscreens and holodecks found all over the nation--in homes, offices, stores and public spaces), but a good amount is accessed and used via the bio-computer system known as Intuit.
Automated vehicles and
flying peacebots in YOTK utilize software that allows them to track
moving objects even though they may not be able to see them at times. A scene in the upcoming fourth part of the novel demonstrates how it works.
Here is an article on the current technology. CLICK HERE.
YEAR OF THE KING features automobiles with auto-drive functions which allow the driver to relax and let the vehicle do its own driving. In case of an accident or emergency situation, the Motor Vehicle Department can override any or all registered vehicles and set them on auto-pilot as well. Click Here for an article that shows how this is becoming a reality.
The future world of YOTK is filled with robots (like peace bots and fetch bots) that work and assist the people of America. Scientists haven't perfected a realistic humanoid yet, but they're on their way. Click here to see what I'm talking about.