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But we all knew that

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri May 31, 2013 8:28 pm

Hay Festival: 'Science fiction goes hand in hand with real research', scientist admits
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay- ... dmits.html
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby raptornx01 » Fri May 31, 2013 9:07 pm

Think of all the stuff we have that was first mentioned or shown in Star Trek.
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Tonyblack » Fri May 31, 2013 9:14 pm

There's an Arthur C Clarke book called 'Songs of Distant Earth' (I think it's in this one) where one of the characters has all his favourite music in a small box which he can listen to with earphones. When I read it I thought Clarke had come up with the idea of the Discman, but it was much later that I realised he'd come up with the iPlayer. :D
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby raptornx01 » Fri May 31, 2013 9:17 pm

And you know Ipods and mp3 players in general were thought up by people who thought, "man i'd love to have something like that."
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Joolz » Fri May 31, 2013 9:24 pm

Won't believe it til I've got my light-sabre :lol:
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri May 31, 2013 9:43 pm

I remember reading a book The Butterfly Kid by Chester Anderson in 1968 about this guy who had in his flat/appartment a vision telephone which he did not pay for as it was hot wired in, or words to that effect my first instance about hacking before the word was invented in fact before there was a PC to hack. and I still have the book a 60cent Pryamid paperback. :D
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby raptornx01 » Fri May 31, 2013 10:17 pm

Joolz wrote:Won't believe it til I've got my light-sabre :lol:


this close enough?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... ds-newsxml
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Dotsie » Fri May 31, 2013 10:35 pm

E-readers. Best Star Trek invention yet ;) (I say yet, cos I'm holding out for that transporter)
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Square12 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:15 am

Nah everyone knows that sliding doors that wobble are the best invention although still always a little gutted when they don't make that swooshy sound
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby MongoGutman » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:15 am

Heinlein's Space Cadet opens with our hero entering the Academy but he's got to root around in his bag to get his phone out because his Dad is ringing him. Published in 1948.
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Square12 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:30 am

Of course we all know the third one!

Clarke's Three Laws are three "laws" of prediction formulated by the British writer Arthur C. Clarke. They are:
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Ghost » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:01 am

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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Bickaxe » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:55 am

Lightsaber, Time machine, Stargate, Food replicator and transporter tech please.
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby ChristianBecker » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:29 pm

I've always wondered what people liked about light sabres. I'm not a Star Wars fan, this might explain it.
As for the transporters - would be great. Depending on how much energy they consume they could help reducing CO2-emissions. Not to speak annihilating traffic jams.

One thing I wonder: If we had replicators, transporters and a form of cheap energy like they have in Star Trek (or Perry Rhodan, but I doubt any of you know him) - would we also have societies like in Star Trek? Or would we still cling to capitalistic ideas which would actually quite pointless then?
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Re: But we all knew that

Postby Square12 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:40 pm

One thing that worries me a bit about transporters in the style of Star Trek is what's to prevent them being used for larceny? Beam me into the Bank of England vaults please scotty!
If they were port to port ones though that may book but I suspect for efficiency reasons they'd have to work as a public transport thing with several people in one telepod
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