5 Amazing, Yet Worthless, Sci-fi Inventions

25 May
Happy Geek Pride Day! Geek Pride Day is the best geeky holiday that is not Star Wars day (May 4th) or Pi Day (March 14th). In honor of this wonderful day, I decided to make a list celebrating the sci-fi geeks and nerds alike. You probably have a long list of cool sci-fi inventions if you love sci-fi movies like me. The only problem is most of these awesome inventions really wouldn’t work.

5.) Robot With Human-like Intelligence

Having a robot would be awesome, right? If Robots were created with the same intelligence as humans, they would also develop a wanting for their own lives- which means going against human authority. They would want to be at least equal to the human race. If these robots lacked compassion, love, or other “sensitive” emotions (like some movies portray them) this can get a little messy.

4.) Teleporter/Transporter

 The idea behind most sci-fi teleporters/transporters is that a person or object is turned into a pattern of energy until it reaches it’s “target” where it resumes it’s original shape again. In some works, a teleportation devise allows a person to exit out of the plane of existence and enter back into existence in a different location.

The big problem with this should be obvious. What if you aren’t put back to together after being transformed into a pattern of energy? What if you cannot reenter existence? Every electronic devise has it’s problems, but the problems with a teleporter could easily cost you your life.

3.) The Flying Car

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

Back to the Future and The Jetsons portrayed the flying car as an awesome device that can fly you off to space school or even the future. While it would be incredible to own a flying car, there would be too many problems associated with owning one.

If a new type of flying car was invented, one that anyone could buy, a new set of laws would have to be put in order. Would traffic lights float? What about the roads and signs we rely on so dearly while driving?

The sky would be full of cars ramming into each other and running over old ladies on jet packs. A strict police force would have to be sent out to ensue everyone drove safely. Police chases would be common because in the flying car you don’t have to stay on a road and don’t have to watch out for all the pedestrians. This would be a great business for John Bunnell, but not for the common citizen that gets in a car accident.

There is also another question about how high these cars would drive. If the engine decided to stall you might be sent tumbling down to your doom. Would you have to wear a parachute instead of a seatbelt each time you hopped in the car?

2.) Time Travel

Back to the Future taught us a lot about how time travel can go wrong. It took Marty two movies just to fix 1985.

What if you accidently killed your grandfather in the past? That would mean you were never born, which means you never killed your grandfather. Because you never killed your grandfather, you were born. If you were born that means you went back in time and killed your grandfather. That would mean you were never born, which means you never killed your grandfather…. It was his childhood sled… Darth Vader is Luke’s father… Snape kills Dumbledore… Because you never killed your grandfather, you were born…

See how confusing it is? There is no end!

It’s even worse to go forward in time and see what you become. It would be pretty depressing to find out you live alone in your mom’s basement at age 60 and you like to spend all your time imagining about talking to a member of the opposite gender.

1.) Holodeck

I got the idea for this one from the short story “The Veldt” (If you had not read The Veldt, I highly recommend you do so).  I did some searching and found out the invention from The Veldt is called a Holodeck. A Holodeck is what the simulated reality facility was  called in the Star Trek universe. It is a room where realistic holographic images appear around you along with smells and sounds. You can create any situation or do anything you’d like in a holodeck.

This problem with a holodeck is seen in the The Veldt. What if everything became too real. What if the polar bear actually attacks you?

What if you “lost yourself” in a holodeck? Everything in the holodeck world would be so perfect and wonderful that you wouldn’t want to leave it or give it up. You could become so attached that you lose your grip on reality and become crazy. What if the holodeck had to be shut down for some reason? That would probably give you some form of culture shock and a sudden rush of reality all over again. If everyone in the world totally relied on a holodeck, nobody would leave their homes. The human race would die out.

 At least I can still have my lightsaber,

~Sara :mrgreen:


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~~All images used in this post are in the public domain~~



6 Responses to “5 Amazing, Yet Worthless, Sci-fi Inventions”

  1. Missygalfun1 May 25, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    can’t u kill someone with a lightsaber too?

    • Sara May 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

      Yes, but a lightsaber is different because.. um… SHUT UP! 😥

      • Missygalfun1 May 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

        oh haha i see!

  2. Santos Osborn May 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m literally the first reply to your amazing article!?

  3. Anonymous June 23, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    Greetings, I enjoy your website. This is a nice site and I wanted to post a little note to let you know, nice job! Thanks Katy

    • Sara June 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks for your comment.

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