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« on: May 30, 2014, 05:51:46 PM »

Scientists at Dundee University in Scotland have created a working tractor beam.

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 06:23:11 PM »

What's the ETA for transporters and replicators? Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014, 06:35:56 PM »

What's the ETA for transporters...

Scientists Achieve Quantum Teleportation

One of the hurdles to teleportation has been overcome, with the reliable movement of quantum information between two objects separated by a short distance. The achievement is still a very, very long way from the movements familiar from science fiction, but strengthens our confidence in the theory of quantum entanglement, one of the most controversial aspects of modern physics. It may, moreover, assist the much closer goal of quantum computing...

As usual, the result does not come out of nowhere. Other teams have also been able to teleport quantum information, but only in a minority of cases. Last year Hanson's team announced they had achieved quantum teleportation using diamond entrapment, but without the 100% reliability of the most recent work...

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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2014, 07:46:32 PM »

Isn't it interesting that of all the sci-fi shows that inspire technological developments, Star Trek not Star Wars wins out?
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014, 04:42:35 PM »

It stems from the fact that it was made from a series mostly, and that Gene Roddenberry had an obsession with science and fiction, Lucas cared more about movies.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2014, 05:16:02 PM »

Isn't it interesting that of all the sci-fi shows that inspire technological developments, Star Trek not Star Wars wins out?

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2014, 08:32:05 AM »

It stems from the fact that it was made from a series mostly, and that Gene Roddenberry had an obsession with science and fiction, Lucas cared more about movies.

The Syfy channel once had a show on, from a couple of years ago, called "How William Shatner Changed the World" dealing with all the inventions and gadgets that have been created thanks to Star Trek.  you're right--Roddenberry was trying to go for what was maybe scientifically plausible. The only thing technologically to come out of the Star Wars franchise is the attempts to make a working lightsaber.  My point was that many people believe that Star Wars is a far more important phenomenon than Star Trek.  In terms of making our lives better, Star Trek wins, hands down.
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