Technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose.

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Need title of 1980 - 1990 techno thriller about remote sensing technology

I read a military techno thriller in the 1980s - 1990s that I would like to identify by title and author. At the time I was heavily into this genre. The book was about an advanced US technology that ...
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Did Science Fiction anticipate a device like a smartphone?

Personally, I never saw the smartphone coming, but maybe science-fiction did. Basically, I'm looking for the first science fiction story (if one exists) where people commonly have a device which can ...
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Is there an in universe explanation why a replicator cannot create living organisms?

In the Star Trek Universe the replicator is able to build nearly anything from clothing to a hot meal seemingly out of thin air. Creating artificial life using it and replicating a living being have ...
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How do Xenosaga's KOS-MOS and her nanomachines work?

In Xenosaga, KOS-MOS is able to basically transform the frame and also function of her body and appendages into different weapons and abilities, even different energy and projectile weapon types, and ...
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Why so many SF works includes transparent LCD screens?

"Minority Report" is the first thing, that comes to my mind. But, of course, there are so many other SF examples... as well as many CSI-like-absolutely-no-SF-movies etc. Why? What is the reason for ...
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What is the first reference to an internet of computers in sci-fi?

Considering the internet has substantially revolutionized our way of life (you're using it right now in fact) I was wondering whether it was ever envisaged in sci-fi. I'm therefore inquiring as to ...
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What is the first reference to a 3d printer in science fiction?

Considering 3d printing has really only just become a very accessible concept, I was wondering what is the first reference to a 3d printing machine of some description in science-fiction? I would ...
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Essay in a sci-fi anthology; A missile from (circa) 1968 is found in 1940 - When do scientists think it's from?

This was more of an essay in a collection of sci-fi stories (e.g. rather than an actual story) that I read maybe in the late 1960's. The premise was that given the tech that they had in 1940(ish) ...
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Can Solid Snake See via the Codec?

In Metal Gear Solid, Solid Snake remarks that he didn't expect a designer of world-class technology to be so cute. How could he notice she was cute if the codec directly stimulates the bones of the ...
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Is DNA ever mentioned in Stainless Steel Rat?

The first Stainless Steel Rat book was written in 1961, and there were several others before the discovery of DNA profiling (1985). Since 1985, there were multiple books published in the series. Has ...
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Citation for essay in Analog about speed of travel

I recall, as a child in the 1970's, reading an essay that I think was in Analog about the speed of technological progress and, in particular, the fastest modes of travel. There was a plot of fastest ...
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What is the limit of the Farscape communication (“comms”) device?

The Farscape Wiki says: "Comms or communication devices were integrated systems connected to and controlled by Leviathans such as Moya. The devices had a fairly wide range, but a distinct ...
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Novel about raiding planets with Elizabethan technology

I'm trying to find a novel I read as a mass market paperback. There were planets with some sort of valuable resource but the resource was in areas behind "curtains." All the space age technology ...
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe? [duplicate]

Is it ever explained why so many races evolve, technologically speaking, on a nearly parallel course in the Star Trek universe? Obviously their physical and social evolution was far from parallel but ...
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Does the federation have slipstream or transwarp technology in Star Trek: Into Darkness? [duplicate]

I enjoyed the story of into darkness, but some of the events have been nagging at me since I first saw them on screen. I am convinced that the federation has either transwarp or slipstream technology ...
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Book dealing with modern day Native Americans, a new way to build consensus by leveraging technology, and saving the environment

I read a book in the past year and can't remember what it was titled. It dealt with a father, who was a bit of a captain of industry, and his son, who was blocking a land development his father was ...
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How was it so easy for the Borg to transport aboard the Enterprise in First Contact?

In Star Trek: First Contact the Borg somehow transported themselves aboard the Enterprise when they knew their ship was doomed. Was it ever explained how this could have happened? Why would the ...
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Mandalorian Armour Protection Level

How durable Is mandalorian/Death Watch armour and can it resist blaster bolts?
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Personal Shielding Technology in Star Wars Universe [Canon and Non-Canon]

Why is personal shielding technology so rare in star wars? It seems only durge and the death watch has them.
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How do Boba Fett and other Star Wars characters fire weapons without using their hands?

In the Star Wars Universe, how does a bounty hunter (such as Boba Fett) use their gauntlet weapons without touching the buttons to launch it? For instance, they shoot wires/darts etc., but their hands ...
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Technology decreases in fiction [closed]

I find that a very common concept in fantasy fiction is the fact that human (I am using the word to also include humanoids) acchievements are decreasing over time. Usually, some sort of glorious ...
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Why are inertial compensators only needed for crewed ships?

Honorverse spacecraft move around using a reactionless "impeller drive" based on gravity manipulation. This drive can accelerate craft at thousands or even tens of thousands of thousands of gravities ...
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Why was it okay to keep the naquadria?

In many episodes, the bad guys (NID) steal technology from other planets ("Chain Reaction", "The Sentinel") and the SGC does everything possible to apologize and give it back. Or SG-1 wants to take ...
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How was Commander Cody's full body being projected on Darth Sidious' office table when there was no camera?

This might come across as foolish question, but how was Commander Cody's full body being projected to Sidious and vice versa when neither of the two had space age film crews or intergalactic iPhones ...
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How could Harrison beam to Qo'noS?

In Star Trek into Darkness Kahn uses Scotty's formula for transwarp beaming (provided by Spock in the 2009 film) to transport from Earth to Qo'noS. However according to Memory Alpha Qo'noS is 90 light ...
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In which stargate episode did they discover Naquadah?

I saw in the Stargate:SG1 series that they encounter and use Naquadah related items very often. Humans seems very knowledgeable about it. I would like to know in which episode did they discovered ...
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SF story about a multi-generational colonist ship?

There was some kind of event and the passengers had begun to evolve/devolve and modified the ship's internal communications / public-address system to use musical tones. I know that's not much to go ...
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Why does Artemis Fowl still use a powerbook?

In the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis uses a PowerBook throughout the series. (A PowerBook is a type of Mac) Yet, when The Last Guardian was published in 2012, PowerBooks were old and antiquated. Why ...
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What is the first reference to 'video calls' in sci-fi?

I was thinking earlier today about the future and how voice-based phones are probably on the way out with the rise of video-calls, which reminded me of the video calls in Back To The Future 2. Then I ...
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How does David Lightman in WarGames manage to hack a computer by dialing a number?

His setup seems to be a telephone connected to a computer. When he dials another computer on the phone, he manages to gain access to it remotely. Is this a realistic situation or just something ...
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What is the earliest reference to a poisoned lipstick in a work of science fiction?

In the Firefly episode “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, Saffron is able to temporarily knock out Mal by getting him to kiss her after treating her lips with some kind of knock-out agent (Inara later gets some of ...
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In Continuum (TV show), why doesn't Keira use invisibility more often?

She's in a fight and DOESN'T become invisible???? Why the heck not? Sure, when Carlos is around she might not want to use it -- not least because she doesn't want her own partner to shoot her by ...
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Do avatar drivers sleep?

In the film Avatar we see Jake sleep in his avatar body and wake up in his human one and vice versa. Does this mean he effectively moves from one body to another and never needs to rest or does he ...
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Does (weaponized) laser exist in the Star Wars universe?

Light sabers are not made of light, nor have they anything to do with lasers (even if there are people who mistakenly refer to them as "laser swords"). Blaster bolts are also not lasers. They travel ...
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Identification story: Features a father & son, body modification

I am looking for a short story about a father and son (the mother is out of the picture) who are of a religion that doesn't believe in body modification or enhancement. It is set in the future when ...
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How do Vipers acquire targets?

Viper pilots don't seem to have any means of targeting Cylon raiders. In this artist's rendition we see four main components: The top sweeper, which is probably a short-distance radar Center screen, ...
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Is Data's brain more akin to organic neural networks, or software running on hardware?

I know Data's brain is 'positronic', but what does that mean? It was invented by Asimov, right? Sometimes they talk about creating new connections, such as in an organic network, but other times they ...
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Book about a planet where DNA swapping between animals humans and metal eating microbes published in 1995 or earlier.

I am trying to find a book I read about 19 years ago. I think it was published in 1995 or earlier. The cover was multi-color, a drawing that was a combination of a line drawing and a cartoon-like ...
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Making Sense of Battlestar Galactica's Network Ban

In Battlestar Galactica, William Adama expresses his disdain for networks given how easily the Cylons can exploit them thereby crippling their systems. If there are truly no networks in use, then how ...
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What is the Destroyer's power source?

In 'Thor', Odin had a 12' tall armored robot called 'The Destroyer' guarding the weapons vault. The Destroyer is composed of overlapping and articulating metal strips. When it's about to attack it ...
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1st occurrence of digital-currency/bitcoin-like technology in scifi [duplicate]

this blog asserts the story "Spondulix" by Paul Di Filippo in Sept 1995 issue of Science Fiction Age is possibly the first appearance of a digital-currency/bitcoin-like technology in science ...
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What is the range of the Enterprise-D's sensors?

A similar question on the functionality of sensors can be found here, but my question goes beyond that (pun intended). What is the range (distance) of the sensors of the Enterprise-D? My ...
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When a spaceship maneuvers to avoid enemy incoming fire and detection, does it need to be outside 300,000 km? [closed]

Allow me to elaborate it further. Let's say ship A and ship B are trying to find each other in space. Ship A uses its passive radar to scan the sky to detect ship B's heat signal. But I'm thinking, ...
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fantasy book scientist arrives in dwarves field and teaches him to make aluminum so he can be considered a wizard in this world

Cannot remember the title or author of this fantasy book. Scientist invented a machine that landed them in an alternate world in the field of a dwarf who had been trying to find the recipe for ...
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What powers Wonder Woman's invisible plane?

Is Wonder Woman's invisible jet a conventional aircraft (based on aircraft from her timeline and cloaked)? If not, what kind of power plant and fuel does it utilize?
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Story about glass particles with memory [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story I read about 40 years ago in which there is memory retaining glass... At first people place sheets of the glass in lovely places, so that it can be fitted into a window frame ...
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First use of a Quantum Computer in Science Fiction

Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman is given credit as inventing the concept of quantum computers in about 1982 in the paper "Simulating physics with computers." Also, recently the company ...
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Has technological progress stopped or reached a peak in the Star Wars universe?

In the last 30 years, human technology has developed massively. Every year a new smartphone is released with a faster processor, more memory, better features. Why hasn't the same level of progress ...
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In Space Seed was it a mistake when the bridge could communicate with engineering even though all communications were jammed?

In Star Trek episode Space Seed, around the time 39:05, someone radios the bridge to inform the captain that Kahn had escaped. Moments after Kirk tries to sound security alert but then is unable to ...
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How would one navigate on Larry Niven's “Ringworld”?

A long,long time ago I read Larry Niven's "Ringworld" and "The Ringworld Engineers". It recently occurred to me that trips on the Ringworld have a problem: The Ringworld is so vast that finding out ...