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  • Sci-Fi Prophecy Becoming Reality

    Let's start with this ...

    In a cameras-everywhere culture, science fiction becomes reality

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-f...412-story.html
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    The Future is Now: Sci-fi gadgets that really exist

    The Future is Now: Sci-fi gadgets that really exist

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techno...ist/ss-BBpBR6c
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    • #3
      More of the same;
      The Future is Now: 71 sci-fi gadgets that really exist
      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/connec...ist/ss-AAeZb61

      12 Star Trek Gadgets That Now Exist
      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/connec...Ovb?li=BBnb7Kz
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      • #4
        The mobile phone is already far superior to the star trek communicator in almost every respect, bar one.

        The modern mobile can text, access the internet, is your camera and video. It can be your proof of purchase, social media and travel permits. You can bank with it, and use it as a torch. It's your discount vouchers, your tv remote, and you can even talk directly to others with a similar device if you wish . You can track other mobiles with it (stalker app) and shop without entering a store. Those are some of the many features.

        It will almost certainly become your ID card/passport at some point.

        However, I will not get one, unless it becomes mandatory by law, or, if like the Star Trek communicator, it comes with a laser. That would be cool.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
          The mobile phone is already far superior to the star trek communicator in almost every respect, bar one.

          The modern mobile can text, access the internet, is your camera and video. It can be your proof of purchase, social media and travel permits. You can bank with it, and use it as a torch. It's your discount vouchers, your tv remote, and you can even talk directly to others with a similar device if you wish . You can track other mobiles with it (stalker app) and shop without entering a store. Those are some of the many features.

          It will almost certainly become your ID card/passport at some point.

          However, I will not get one, unless it becomes mandatory by law, or, if like the Star Trek communicator, it comes with a laser. That would be cool.
          I don't recall the Star Trek one having a phaser in it.
          I do recall they had small "pocket" phasers they carried at times.

          Also, Star Fleet didn't need to seed the planet with cell towers every few miles to make their communicators work. Take away the cell towers and satellites we have in the mobile phone system and that ST communicator had impressive range. (There's also the thing about personal computers and the internet not quite invented and public at time of the original series.)
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          • #6
            Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
            I don't recall the Star Trek one having a phaser in it.
            I do recall they had small "pocket" phasers they carried at times.

            Also, Star Fleet didn't need to seed the planet with cell towers every few miles to make their communicators work. Take away the cell towers and satellites we have in the mobile phone system and that ST communicator had impressive range. (There's also the thing about personal computers and the internet not quite invented and public at time of the original series.)
            If mobile phones don't come with a built in phaser I'm not getting one .
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
              If mobile phones don't come with a built in phaser I'm not getting one .
              Seriously? If cell phones came with phasers the schools would be battlefields in an hour.

              Not that there's anything wrong with that, it would make a hell of a viral video.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
                If mobile phones don't come with a built in phaser I'm not getting one .
                Well, this looks to be about as close as you're going to get to that at the moment:

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BobTheBarbarian View Post
                  Well, this looks to be about as close as you're going to get to that at the moment:

                  Now if you could get one that fired a multi coloured beam to create an image of a Roundel on someone, that might be good enough .
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
                    Now if you could get one that fired a multi coloured beam to create an image of a Roundel on someone, that might be good enough .
                    Actually, I'm sure such a thing wouldn't be so hard to do: just arrange a number of blue lights in a circle with a red one in the middle! Not sure why anyone hasn't (to my knowledge) done anything like that...

                    In any regard, more fun with pocket lasers!

                    (Yes, this thing is commercially available for a mere 200 dollars! )





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                    • #11
                      Science Fact or Fiction? The Plausibility of 10 Sci-Fi Concepts

                      http://www.livescience.com/39825-rea...406.1493655939
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                      • #12
                        The first mention of a mobile phone that I know was the 1947 book Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein. One of the characters phone rings and he takes it out of his pocket while another remarks that he had left his in his suitcase so that his mother could not keep calling

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                        • #13
                          Creepy robot Sophia interviewed on live TV
                          http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com...wed-on-live-tv

                          Good Programming for a start, but this is uncanny interaction.
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                          • #14
                            This seems the appropriate place, a case where Sci-Fi has failed in an area it should have led in; Staircases in Space: Why Are Places in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?

                            ...
                            Space, as we all know, is the final frontier. It’s the star-spangled playground in which our imaginations run amok, and the setting for stories that made us fall in love with sci-fi. Some of us spent hours pretending we were the Doctor’s companions, helping him find Gallifrey from the TARDIS. Some of us imagined the Millennium Falcon jumping to hyperspace when we shouted, “Punch it, Chewie!” Some of us swore we could hear the communicator beeping when we asked our favorite Federation starship to beam us aboard. The characters that roam space have built homes in our hearts and allowed those of us who are trapped in Earth’s gravity-well to fulfill some of our wildest fantasies. Space remains a vast, untamed place, penned in only by the limits of our own imaginations.

                            So why the hell are there so many staircases in space?

                            I never used to notice stairs. They were simply a way for me to get from one place to another. Occasionally they were tiresome, but they never actually stymied or stopped me entirely. Eventually, I managed to get where I needed to go.

                            Then I started using a wheelchair. Suddenly, stairs became a barrier that prevented me from getting from here to there. One step was often enough to stop me in my tracks. It turns out that when you start using a wheelchair, you quickly realize that there are a lot of staircases and steps in our world—and a lot of broken (or nonexistent) elevators and ramps.
                            ...
                            https://io9.gizmodo.com/staircases-i...ion-1827966642
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                              This seems the appropriate place, a case where Sci-Fi has failed in an area it should have led in; Staircases in Space: Why Are Places in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?

                              ...
                              Space, as we all know, is the final frontier. It’s the star-spangled playground in which our imaginations run amok, and the setting for stories that made us fall in love with sci-fi. Some of us spent hours pretending we were the Doctor’s companions, helping him find Gallifrey from the TARDIS. Some of us imagined the Millennium Falcon jumping to hyperspace when we shouted, “Punch it, Chewie!” Some of us swore we could hear the communicator beeping when we asked our favorite Federation starship to beam us aboard. The characters that roam space have built homes in our hearts and allowed those of us who are trapped in Earth’s gravity-well to fulfill some of our wildest fantasies. Space remains a vast, untamed place, penned in only by the limits of our own imaginations.

                              So why the hell are there so many staircases in space?

                              I never used to notice stairs. They were simply a way for me to get from one place to another. Occasionally they were tiresome, but they never actually stymied or stopped me entirely. Eventually, I managed to get where I needed to go.

                              Then I started using a wheelchair. Suddenly, stairs became a barrier that prevented me from getting from here to there. One step was often enough to stop me in my tracks. It turns out that when you start using a wheelchair, you quickly realize that there are a lot of staircases and steps in our world—and a lot of broken (or nonexistent) elevators and ramps.
                              ...
                              https://io9.gizmodo.com/staircases-i...ion-1827966642
                              Obviously in the future wheelchairs will be able to fly like the Mekon's so stairs will not be a problem

                              http://www.dandare.org/dan/aliens/mekon.htm

                              Stairs were probably retained as a defence against Darleks
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