95 – Top 5 Science Fiction Technology

October 7, 2020

Beam me up Scotty!

The world of science fiction has introduced some truly amazing futuristic tech gizmos that real life technology always seemed so dull in comparison. It is no wonder that scientists and tech geeks have done their darndest to recreate some of this sci-fi tech in the real world (to some varying success). This week, join Tuong La and The Constant Struggle’s Brie Watson,  Nick Watson, and Dan Dingwall as they warp speed ahead to creating a Top 5 Science Fiction Technology list!

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Ground Rules

  • Nominations needs to be associated with a piece of fiction (ie movie, tv show, video game) and not made up
  • How does this science fiction tech benefit the real world and/OR why is it cool?
  • Handiness is a big plus. Does it do multiple things? In what situations can it be applied and why it useful?
  • Have scientists and engineers considered adapting the tech for real life use?
  • Can’t be Magic. Needs to be explained in universe of what the technology is**

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Warp Engine (Star Trek)

4. Iron Man Suit (exoskeletal suit) (Iron Man)

3. Instant Learning (The Matrix)

2. Portal Gun (Rick & Morty)

1. Holodeck (Star Trek)

Tuong’s List

  • Instant Learning (The Matrix)
  • Portal Gun (Rick & Morty)
  • Sonic Screwdriver (Dr.Who)
  • Portable Automated Somnacin IntraVenous (Inception)
  • Lightsabers (Star Wars)
  • The Animus (Assassins Creed)
  • Omni-tool (Mass Effect)
  • Oasis Tech (Ready Player One)
  • Baymax (Big Hero 6)

Brie’s List

  • Holodeck (Star Trek)
  • Hypospray (Star Trek)
  • Lightsaber (Star Wars)
  • Replicat0r (Star Trek)
  • Droids (Star Wars)
  • Tricorder (Star Trek)
  • Red Pill (Matrix)
  • Proton Pack (Ghostbusters)
  • Trimaxion Drone Ship (Flight of the Navigator)
  • Gigalo Joe (A.I Artificial Intelligence)

Nick’s List

  • Warp Engine (Star Trek)
  • Transporter (Star Trek)
  • Gravity Chamber (Dragonball Z)
  • Force Fields (basically any sci fi force fields)
  • Computers that upload and download consiousness
  • Genetically modified augmentation
  • Fancy VR
  • Medical Tricorder (Star Trek)
  • Back to Chamber

Dan’s List

  • Death Ray (Austin Powers)
  • Exoskeleton (Iron Man or originally nomination “a drone carrying suit for Jeff Bezos”
  • Delorian (Back to the Future)
  • Canadian Space Arm (doesn’t count that’s totally a real thing)
  • Seashells (Demolition Man)
  • Bullet Proof Diaper Underwear Thing (Robocop)

 

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