Re: tech miracles of the year 2000 as seen from 1950

Date: Wed May 16 2001 - 02:16:07 MDT wrote:
> Define long-term, in a practical sense. Is 500 years too soon for Star Trek
> level technology, 5000 years, 50,000 years, or 5 million? There are

Star Dreck technology? A curious mix of magic physics and retro.

Superluminal travel, but no automation in battle. Monkeys
frozen in slowtime as flies encased in amber. No telepresence.
No augmented reality. No robotics. Antiquated communication
technology, yet no relativistic lag. Almost bare-handed
handling of antimatter. Nanotechnology, but still people
around. Nanotechnology, but ridiculously stupid, brittle
computers. Moronic SOPs. Inconsistent treatment of existing
technologies. Random regression from one episode to another.
Here today, and gone tomorrow, substituted by another shiny

Instances of magic physics: forcefield, traktor beam, superluminal
drive, transporter. Hints that apparent limitations of physical
laws are just applicable to beginner civilizations (superciv
trickster figure Q).

Diagnosis: not a technology forecast but just space opera
for monkeys. Doing lots of harm by scrambling (especially
young) people's expectations of what is physically possible,
and what is not, what is easy, and what is hard.

Recommendation: Producers of the series to be the first
to be put up against the wall, come the revolution.

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