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A fandom meme I made up

What 5 fictional inventions would you most like to be real?

1. Portable holes, from certain cartoons. Seriously, how much more awesome an invention could there be?

2. Warp drive! Need I say more?

3. Replicators, like on Star Trek!

4. Prosthetic bodies, like on GITS:SAC

5. Easy, complete sex changes.



May. 4th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
My personal choices.
1 Medical nano technology - to repair my many damaged systems

2 Brain taping and body production - so I can abandon my many damaged systems

3 Immersive neural stimulation VR - so I can avoid my many damaged systems

4 A cure for all sexually transmitted disease. (Other diseases would be a bonus, but, you know, priorities.)

5 Batteries of awesome, so something the size of a car battery can power a car for weeks. Something the size of a button cell power a PV for its useful life.

May. 4th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Re: My personal choices.
Fuck brain taping, I think nanites could learn to slowly replace the brain, neuron by neuron over the course of a year and so your brain from then on would be indestructable, or nearly so.
Of course, the nanites I use in my fantasies of that nature are from my Traipah books. They're of Na'Voom Da design and are made of the indestructable metal called crystalanium. Those nanites are fairly intelligent without being AI's, and could not only replace your brain (with you still alive after the fact) but could bring your whole body back into peak condition, even making it better than it's ever been. And would act as your new primary (and more intelligent) immune system.

One thing I learned recently is that old age and the ills that come from it are the result of an overactive immune system that doesn't know when to stop. And the reason vegans live longer than meat eaters I found is because the older a meat eater gets, the greater the chance of animal protein leaking into parts of the body it shouldn't be leaking into. If the immune system develops a resistence to this leaking animal protein, it's a recipe for disaster because then radiation or heat could mutate the lymphocytes of the immune system into thinking that human protein (which is very similar to animal protein, especially if said animal protein is mammal flesh) needs to be attacked. Which, in plain English, is cancer. Or, if you're lucky, arthritis.
May. 4th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Batteries of awesome, so something the size of a car battery can power a car for weeks. Something the size of a button cell power a PV for its useful life.

In the Traipah stories, the Na'Voom Da species (native to a different planet) invented a way of using power pulled in from White Hyperspace. All their technology is powered that way, even their nanites. And they've had thousands of years to perfect the technology, so "now" (in the 32rd century) their "hyperspace power generators" can be any size, even (as you may have guessed) at the molecular level. One of their generators the size of a button could power a *motorcycle* for 1000 years.
      Only problem is, those generators don't convert the power from hyperspace into electricity, since their tech runs right off the stuff. So they'd have to make you a motorcycle with their own technology.
May. 4th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Re: My personal choices.
for the batteries, check out Shipstones in Heinlein's "Friday"
May. 4th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Re: My personal choices.
I was thinking of Shipstone's little magic boxes (not patented, just locked in a box, an intellectual property model used by Dolby for their sound encoding system).

Actually nanotech matter converters would provide energy at those levels easily.

May. 4th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: My personal choices.
Matter conversion is apt to require something rather beyond nanotech. :-)

And please to not confuse energy generation devices with energy *storage* devices. Shipstones were definitely storage.

Of course, the last couple generations of laptop batteries point out that when energy storage density gets high enough the device starts having some really dangerous failure modes.

Batteries that can be turned into bombs will be even less popular than ones that merely start fires.


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