7 Futuristic Movies That Got It Right Comments - Mania.com


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karas1 1/20/2010 5:36:16 PM

Go Starlight!  I have nothing to add.  You've been doing a great job.

fenngibbon 1/21/2010 1:04:22 AM

 Getting back to the subject of the article, possibly the greatest moment in Star Trek illustrating the collision of reality and sci fi was on an episode of Star Trek Voyager when the crew were thrown back in time to 1996. Janeway and the away team were walking on a boardwalk in southern California and when her communicator chirped, everyone walking around her stopped, pulled out their cellphones, and starting going, "Hello?  Hello?"


You know what?  Forget it being the greatest moment in Star Trek illustrating the collision of reality and sci fi.  It was one of the greatest moments in Star Trek.  Period.

tiberiuscan 1/21/2010 3:49:44 AM

You forgot the PADD from Star Trek. We now know it as the KINDLE. The operation is identical. Captains can access classic literature (witmess Picard in TNG) or technical manuals giving them wireless access to the central computer through their Personal Access Display Device (PADD). Same as Kindle.

As to Abram's Star Trek we seem to forget that this film is a reboot not a re-invention. Hence the technology is still the same as the original series.

Walker 1/21/2010 5:13:04 AM

 The problem with Star Trek is that it loses serious bonus points for transporters.  Physicists have long pointed out that your copy (because your original was disintegrated) would degrade with each "beaming".

monkeyfoot 1/21/2010 7:07:05 AM

Walker, yeah the transporter does have alot of problems in physics. But we have to remember it was only created as a cost saving FX for the orginal show. It's alot cheaper to "sparkle" somebody down to a planet than land a shuttle.

The transporter also had abilities that are vaguely touched on that should have been major parts of Star Trek. If it remembers exactly how somebody is put together after they go through it, then no one should ever die from any injury. Sliced up badly, shot or even have your head bashed in? Run them through the transporter and it puts them back together the way they were the last time they went through. Getting a little gray, some wrinkles and aging aches and pains? Run through the 'porter using a younger pattern of yourself and you're 20 years old again!

cetaylor 1/21/2010 7:56:24 AM

Not to be a buzzkill, but today's UAS systems (Predator/Reaper, Global Hawk, Scan Eagle, etc) are not exactly intelligent and autonomous.  They operate in very tightly defined airspace, so as not to conflict with manned air traffic, and there is still at least one human involved in the decision cycle; they are incapable of flying and fighting all by themselves.

We are a long way from the aircraft seen in the movies.  Terminator's HK-Killer UASes did not have a pair of humans sitting in a trailer in New Mexico performing command guidance for flight and kinetics; they flew and fought without human involvement.  Their only commonality with today's UASes is that a human is not physically present in the aircraft.

karas1 1/21/2010 2:55:25 PM

Monkeyfoot, the problem with that is that if you put yourself through the transporter as you were 20 years ago you'd have the memories you had 20 years ago.  To you, instead of being rejuvinated it woud be as though your old self had died and your younger self had been transported 20 years into the future with no memories of your marriage, the birth of your children, your promotions and all the sessons you learned from your life experiences and stuff.  Doesn't sound so great now huh?

Though if you got blown up on an away team they could recreate you the way you were 5 hours ago before you beamed down.  That wouldn't be so bad.

There was one TNG episode where Riker got accidentally duplicated by the transporter and the duplicate, thinking himself the original, was abandoned on a deserted planet for years.  When they rescued him there were 2 Rikers.  Apparently that sort of thing is possible but there are strong taboos against doing that sort of thing on purpose in the Federation.

JasonArgos 1/21/2010 4:53:23 PM

  I think Robo cop was the closest to reality what with the corporate spin wars on American citizens as in the Bush family 9/11 bombings (brother Bush at the tower and on the insurance board with his sweet special clause a 500,000,000$ payment to his friend) Airport Bush retrofitting aircraft with what was top secret technology drone aircraft -No pilots necessary (thats why they lied about who was flying that day -they are still flying in the middle east today). Then members of both Houses as well as corporations are still having allot of fun making money by killing the people they have forsworn.

Dodgyb2001 1/22/2010 9:28:45 AM

And you have to remember, the enterprise transporter is actually killing the crew and making a copy of them somewhere else... Wormholes don't kill you, machines which break you into little bits do...

Another piece of technology I fear will come true soon is the personal adverts Tom Cruise gets in the street in Minority. The technology is already available to track a person (by phone or radio tags in clothes etc), log what he's bought previously from a store, beam an ad into his eyes using a laser, and focus audio so only he can hear it. That's all available already, but no one's put it all together yet. Can you imagine how annoying it'll be when you walk past a shop and see an ad, and hear 'Hi John, I see you're wearing those pants you bought here, did you know we have very similar pants in store at a discount?' Come on in....

You really will hear voices in your head no one else can hear...

killerville 1/22/2010 10:18:18 AM

If I could just add something to the Star Trek debate:

Ive never liked a single iteration of Star Trek. Not one. I appreciated the socialist universe these characters inhabit, but that was the entirety of my affection. Everything else...tight mono-color shirts, lofty speechifying, overrought plot devices, emotional manipulation etc...I mean whales in space! What?!?

I thought the Abrams Trek was badass though. Great production values and a story that wasnt so steeped in 50 years worth of continuity and convention that I could actually wrap my head around it.

As a result of this unexpected positive experience, I have softened my strongly negative (and perhaps untenble) opinion of old Trek. Im now going back and reexamining some of the other Trek stuff with a more open mind.

So, thank you, JJ...

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