10 Most Memorable Sci-Fi Technologies

paul1122

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Well, the record time to develop multiple vaccines is not an insignificant advance in med tech. Getting my 2nd shot tomorrow, and looking forward to far less hiding (within the "guidelines"...)


It's not an advance, it's just paying people enough to get off their fat lazy as*es and quit sponging the clock all day. Oh, and doing the trials on the first 100 million vaccinated, lol.
 
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DrSuess

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IR is simply a longer wavelength EM radiation than visible light. What makes you think that if someone were to come up with a working invisibility cloak, that longer-wavelength EM radiation would not be as easily redirected as visible light?
If the cloak or whatever it was cloaking produced heat (or cold different than its surroundings) it would be detectible by IR sensors, as heat radiates into the surrounding environment and that temperature difference would be detectible.
 

Avro Arrow

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Wrong. The problems with teleporters are:
1. Inability to analyze the exact atomic composition of object being transported.
2. Inability to precisely analyze the structure of a complex object (spatial position and energy states of particles) even if you'd know which particles are inside.
3. Even if first 2 would be possible, there's still inability to synthesize the atoms in the exact order and position as they were in original.
4. Inability to have all the materials ready to reconstruct any arbitrary object that was scanned by the transmitter (you would have to have all possible atoms available in a reservoir of the 3D printer).
5. Inability to "3D print" any material, even those hard and tough, such as diamond crystals or titanium mesh.
All of those things are impossible, sure, but only with current tech. Keep in mind that we're as unable to fathom what tech will be able to do in the future as people were only 200 years ago. Even more so in fact because 200 years ago, tech was moving at a relative snail's pace. Now, tech is accelerating and advancements occur at a near-constant pace.

Remember that it took about 1500 years to advance from the Spartan Hoplite of the Peloponnesian War (431BC) to the Norman Knight at the Battle of Hastings (1066AD). Despite this, the Spartan Army would still have an excellent chance of defeating a Norman Army in battle if they strategised it correctly. Imagine that, 1500 years and that's all we were able to do.

Now imagine the 20th Century. The American P-51 Mustang was introduced in 1942 and the MiG-21 Fishbed was introduced only SEVENTEEN years later. Does a P-51 Mustang, a plane that was considered state-of-the-art when introduced in 1942 stand a chance against a plane that wasn't considered state-of-the-art when introduced in 1959? Hell no!

This is probably the easiest way to demonstrate the difference in tech advancement in the pre-computer era. I can't even imagine what we'll be like 20 years from now but The Emerging Future (theemergingfuture.com) has some mathematical forecasts based on previous and current trends. It's pretty staggering actually:
speed-technological-advancement_20years.jpg
 

Avro Arrow

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It's not an advance, it's just paying people enough to get off their fat lazy as*es and quit sponging the clock all day.
There is that, yes. The governments had to actually do something instead of playing golf all day with the other parasites of the economy known as executives. This is how they should operate all of the time.
Oh, and doing the trials on the first 100 million vaccinated, lol.
No, they all did controlled trials before the vaccine was approved. Where are you getting your information from, InfoWars?
 

paul1122

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There is that, yes. The governments had to actually do something instead of playing golf all day with the other parasites of the economy known as executives. This is how they should operate all of the time.

No, they all did controlled trials before the vaccine was approved. Where are you getting your information from, InfoWars?
lol.