Technology moves at an alarming pace. Innovations come thick and fast, with the technology in use changing wildly from one decade to the next. The speed of this change is both scary and exciting. But mostly exciting.
It means that we, as geeks, tend to keep one eye fixed firmly on the future, and books, movies, and video games all play into our collective need to dream about what tech is awaiting us in that future, whether it’s a dystopian one or a utopian one.
With this in mind we set you the task of helping us compile a list of the most-wanted fictional gadgets that (don’t yet) exist. You excelled yourselves, and the results of our discussion are set out below for your reading pleasure.
Waiting For The Future To Arrive
We asked you, Which Fictional Gadget Would You Sell Your Soul For? We had a good number of responses to this question, and the variety of fictional gadgets offered up for approval was very refreshing. Which strongly suggests you all read too many sci-fi novels, play too many video games, and watch far too many nonsense Hollywood blockbusters. All solid credentials for being a geek.
The most interesting aspect of the discussion is how close some of the gadgets mentioned are to becoming reality. Time travel may not ever be possible (though we should all remain hopeful), but there are scientists and engineers working on early versions of several of the following fictional gadgets. I just hope I live long enough to see them emerge from laboratories and workshops.
The 10 fictional gadgets we, and indeed you, wish were real are as follows:
- Quantum Leap Accelerator from Quantum Leap
- Persocom from Chobits
- Bubble Ship from Oblivion
- J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man
- Holodeck from Star Trek
- Lightsaber from Star Wars
- Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device from Portal
- Palantir from The Lord Of The Rings
- Bumblebee from Transformers
- TARDIS from Doctor Who
Feel free to continue this discussion of fictional gadgets in the comments section below. If we get a sizeable number of suggestions then the subject matter may warrant further investigation. Unless Doctor Who turns up and whisks me away for adventures aplenty. In which case you’re on your own.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Robert Martin, Xoandre, and Michelle T. Comment Of The Week goes to Rajaa C, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
I would personally like the Bumblebee (Transformer). All fictional gadgets are just that, gadgets. However, Bumblebee, scores way over others in that it has a soul for you, besides transforming into a cool car or a super cool robot with AI. It can be my mightiest protector and save me from all the bad elements in this world. However, above all it will be my FRIEND with a SOUL, and that is the gadget you can also give your SOUL for. Isn’t it?
We chose this comment because the commenter drew on the “soul” aspect of the question to produce a fine response. Bumblebee would be a pretty awesome gadget to own in its own right, but what could be better than trading your soul for something else that also has a soul? I would prefer Optimus Prime myself, but then I’m greedy like that.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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