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Which of these technologies (listed below) would be difficult to create in Star Wars?

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  1. Maximum7

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    This Wiki page I've been editing for months with stuff I've read on the internet. Based on existing science and tech already available in Star Wars, which of these would be challenging for a scientist in Star Wars to create? Try to explain why and you can pick multiple entries. Remember, Star Wars is more advanced then the movies often show.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hypothetical_technologies
     
  2. Synsensa

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    I've gotta give it to you, you've been making this same exact thread for over two years now. Commitment. Admirable.
     
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  3. Maximum7

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    It’s NOT the same thread. I’m not poaching for ideas anymore. I HAVE collected the ideas and I’m looking for an opinion because I can’t pick one.
     
  4. Zkribbler

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    You open with a link? This is not good strategy.
     
  5. Maximum7

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    Why? I’ve been working on it for months.
     
  6. Senethro

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    Star Wars technology serves the narrative by allowing the characters to go places and do things. It does not get in the way or cause problems or moral dilemmas the way it sometimes does in Star Trek.

    Indeed, there seems to be very little in-universe introspection that takes place, and only the bad guys do much forward planning and intentional re-shaping of their environment.
     
  7. Truthy

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    I reckon a "transatlantic tunnel" would be pretty difficult in the Star Wars universe

    Oh jeez, these technologies :lol: :lol:

    "Flying submarine" - you mean an airplane?
    "Flying syringe" - this one's trivial even without the force. Just visit the Bay Area.
    "Quantum money" - I'd stick to credits since the uncertainty of those quantobucks creates a lot of volatility (anyone know if P = NP in Star Wars?)
    "Language learning pill" - ahaha. Pure synthesized French molecules in a medicinal capsule, of course. You can also substitute French midichlorians if you want to use the force and speak French
     
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    Megaengineering
    Nanotech
    Advanced bioengineering
    Self aware AI
    Cloaking devices

    Such things exist but are not the galactic standard. Ancient past, Sith magic or stupidly expensive.
     
  9. Valka D'Ur

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    Frank Herbert did this already in Dune (which Lucas plagiarized shamelessly). It's called a "hunter-seeker".

    Is that something like the Babel Fish in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
     
  10. Maximum7

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    No. It’s popping a pill that gives you the ability to speak a language.
     
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    But you can achieve the same thing by sticking a fish in your ear.
     
  12. Maximum7

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    I guess but I got that idea from a real speculative possibility on Huffingtonpost. HGTTG is silly

    Yes you can argue taking a pill to learn a language is also silly but it’s being looked at as a possibility.
     
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    Of course it is. It never pretended to be anything else, unless you want to count the satire element of it.

    OTOH, Star Wars is something I considered wonderful when I was 14 (I'm old enough to have seen it in its first run in the theatre). But as the decades have passed, I find there are some elements I appreciate more as I get older that I didn't notice as a kid. And some of the things I liked as a kid just elicit a shrug now.

    But two things have remained constant: Star Wars is not real science fiction (there's no science in it), and my favorite character is Han Solo (who shot first).
     
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    Most ideas in science fiction (or space fantasy, as I believe a better description of Star Wars to be) often come from other fiction. And yes, Star Wars has a lot of dumb in it (particularly the old EU / Legacy stuff), but that doesn't mean that just because it borrows from other sci-fi and space fantasy tropes, that they aren't fun things to imagine (or cultural things to reference, depending on how into Star Wars you were vs. say Trek, Hitchhiker's, Asimov's Foundation, Dune, etc, et al. Everyone has their starting point into these universes, and everyone has their favourites).

    Personally, I just want lightsabers to be real. Issues with the containment field aside, issues with them being powered by Magic Space Crystals aside, I just want them.
     
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  15. Owen Glyndwr

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    This. It doesn't matter what else is on that list. This one literally makes no sense.
     
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    I don't think you could make a cheesegrater that doesn't need to be cleaned in one way or another. Same must be true for the Star Wars universe, I don't see any other way
     
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    Unless the pill was filled with nano-bots that can create/alter/re-arrange neurons to create memories/skills.
     
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    I really don't think cheese has memories. But I am no cheese scientist
     
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    But then that’s the technology - brain programming nanobots. Which means both the language part and pill part are superfluous.

    Personally, I just think it’s unrealistic this would be a pharmaceutical product.
     
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    It's also still not really how language works.
     
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