As we approach October of 2015, one absolute certainty is that the Internet is going to tell us that every day is the day that Marty McFly arrived in the future. (After all, they’ve been doing it regularly since about 2012.) Still, aside from the unfortunate fashions, a world of hoverboards, self-drying jackets and full 3-D holographic displays has great technological promise, leading us to today’s nanite-filled query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is looking forward to the year 2062, and the collapsible flying cars foretold by George Jetson, asking: What fictional future technology do you most wish were available in 2015?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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8 Comments

  1. September 28, 2015 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Any of the technologies that promises to get me off Earth and somewhere else. Beaming, FTL, Mars Colony, Generation Ships etc. Stop the world, I wanna get off!

  2. DamienR
    September 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    The food synthesizer/Replicator technology, from Star Trek. Saves on cooking time and/or going out to restaurants and the like (Synthehol not included).

  3. September 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    I’ll try to avoid Star Wars tech on the technicality that it is from the past. It says so at the start of every movie! Although I will admit I’ve always wanted a droid to pal around with and help me around the house.

    More than anything, I want realistic immersive Virtual Reality. We have taken leaps and bounds toward getting closer to that technology over the years, but they are mostly visual related. I want a VR experience that covers everything from sound to touch to smells and so on, be it in the form of a wearable headset like they have in the anime “Sword Art Online” or a full room like the Holodeck or Holosuite from the “Star Trek” franchise. Imagine being able to completely immerse yourself in a video game, novel or movie, or to be able to explore how an ancient city or historic battlefield appeared a long time ago, or people who are too sick to leave a hospital being able to visit an exotic location without having to risk their health with travel.

    I also think it is about time we had a colony on the moon as both a scientific research outpost and vacation destination.

  4. September 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Star Trek Replicator, hands down. It can do anything.

  5. September 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    People keep saying replicators, but I’m going with transporters.

  6. Armaan
    September 28, 2015 at 11:46 pm — Reply

    Holodeck Green Lantern video game. And Spider-Man game. That’s all I want. Ever.

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