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Where is the T1000's logic center, or how is the liquid metal made intelligent? [duplicate]

So something that I've wondered for a long time is how in the world the T1000 could be intelligent. It seems as though there is no possible way that it has any sort of logic center, due to the fact ...
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Is the Iron Man suit considered wearable technology?

Today we are pretty sure that smart watches or glasses with a display are described as wearable technology, but what about enhancing suits? You know, Tony is literally wearing it...
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Do all X-Wings have retractable short-range anti-personnel cannons?

Poe flew an X-Wing - not his own signature fighter, probably a stock-issue to hide his identity - early in the movie that featured a retractable anti-personnel turret gun, much like the one on the ...
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Are there “light bayonets”?

Are there lightsaber-type bayonet rifle attachments in the universe, canon or Legends?
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What computer display technology is used in TFA?

What kind of computer technology do they use in TFA? I am trying to remember if they showed footage of computers in any of the command-base scenes or anything.
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Is Starkiller Base protected with a different shield technology?

This question What objects can & can't penetrate ground based shield generators? has an answer that established Star Wars energy shields to date to be kinetic - nothing can pass through it ...
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How do communications work in Star Wars?

My previous question Why does Binary exist? started a conversation which led me to this new question: How do long-range communications work in the first place? (I was wondering why droids had to speak ...
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What was the purpose of that pull-out thing on Starkiller Base?

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, What exactly was that and what was its point?
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Why does Binary exist?

According to Wookiepedia, few organics have directly learnt and understood Binary, and these are mainly people who interact with droids frequently at a technical level, such as pilots, mechanics, ...
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When is the first recorded use of dark matter in the galaxy?

Question as stated. With a bit more spoiler-filled elaboration: As such, there's two parts to this question: Does the ability to harness dark matter for technological use already exist in the ...
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Can an AT-AT properly get up/down on its legs intentionally?

An AT-TE is capable of lying prone on the ground and then getting back up again. An AT-ST (at least in Battlefront) has demonstrated the ability to lower its body when on standby and raising it up to ...
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Which button activates Skywalker's lightsaber, and why is it inconsistent?

You can tell from this video that Finn is actually pushing that button to activate the lightsaber It seems like there are different on-buttons or something because the toys say the big ...
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Why was the Stormtrooper helmet designed this way?

Stormtroopers are notoriously bad shooters. It's probably not because of bad training, or a lack of genetic engineering seen in clones, but because of the helmet. In Rebels Season 2, we witnessed the ...
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How do Droidekas fire blasters through their shields?

In the Star Wars universe, it's usually the case that shields can block energy weapons (blasters, lightsabers, lasers) but don't do much against physical objects (rocks, bullets, spacecraft). This is ...
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What are the transparent boards with glowing lines?

In many places in the Star Wars films we see war rooms with transparent boards/walls/displays that have lots of glowing lines on them, for example this one behind Princess Leia: What are these ...
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Spinrad essays on science fiction stimulating technology

Science fiction writer Norman Spinrad sometimes reviews books in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Spinrad will use these book reviews as an excuse to jump on a soap box and deliver his own ...
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How do miniature holograms work?

"Miniature" holograms are seen a few times in Star Trek, including the hologram of Tasha Yar, which Data had, and the mini-EMH hologram ("Virtuoso"). This technology presumably had some sort of ...
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Canonical reasons for difference between Kylo Ren's Lightsaber and others [duplicate]

In Star Wars VII when Kylo Ren is fighting Finn, their lightsabers are noticeably different. Here is Ren's lightsaber: And Finn's lightsaber: Is there a canonical reason for the difference? ...
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What is the history of Gungans and their tech?

The Gungans have a dry city underwater, which keeps the water at bay via force fields that block water, but not people entering them. This struck me as odd, as I wouldn't think they'd evolve to be an ...
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In the movie They Live how do the glasses work?

In the John Carpenter's classic movie They Live, the hoffman lenses glasses play a central role in unearthing the alien illusion. Has it ever been revealed how They Work? ...
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Can a lightsaber hilt be made out of cortosis?

Let's say I'm a Jedi. If I constructed a lightsaber hilt out of Cortosis, would the lightsaber work? If it did, could I then hit another lightsaber-wielder's blade with my hilt, short out that ...
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Ship stasis fields during Hyperspace

Well, crap. I wanted to know if individuals can survive hyperspace and then @RedCaio pointed this out from @DavRob60: Shields also protected the ship from fatal collisions with interstellar gas ...
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What are the technical improvements of the new standard Stormtrooper helmets over the old standard Stormtrooper helments?

As the trailers have shown, Star Wars has undergone an equipment upgrade. What are the technical improvements of the new standard Stormtrooper helmets over the old standard Stormtrooper helmets? ...
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Why do ships shake when something hits their shields?

Why do ships covered with energy shields shake when these shields are hit with a pure-energy weapon? Shouldn't pure-energy shields completely absorb a pure-energy blast? Not to mention any idea of ...
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How do Star Wars hologram communications work?

Starting at 2:46 in Clones Wars season 2 episode 7 we see both ends of a hologram communication. I've always wondered how people somehow manage to maintain eye ...
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Why do snipers use blaster fire instead of bullets?

I wish to extend on this question in a more specific context: sniping. A professional sniper, whether as an assassin or in battlefield conditions, has several priorities: Strive for a 1 shot 1 kill ...
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Would a Phaser Overheat?

Would a phaser have problems with overheating? This issue hasn't been raised during any altercations in the show that I know of - the operator keeps firing the weapon without a worry. General ...
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Can a ship in hyperspace see other ships?

To illustrate this question, assume we have two Imperial Class Star Destroyers who were both shipped out of adjacent construction bays at Kuat Drive Yards on the same standard day, and are both manned ...
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Did computers in Star Trek ever rival the typical humanoid brain in sophistication?

In the Enterprise episode "Dead Stop", T'Pol says: The cerebral cortex is the most sophisticated computer known to exist. When I first heard this, it took me back a little because of the ...
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Science fiction story with amputated musicians who learn to play a new kind of trumpet

I recall a short science fiction story about a revolution of musicians who play a sort of conical shaped harp. The ruler amputates their right arms to prevent them playing revolutionary songs, but ...
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Why there is such little technological progress between times of Old Republic and Star Wars?

This might be related to this question It is quite characteristic for fantasy words to have little technological progress because magic (since magic works better than technology, we don't need to ...
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Were man-portable area deflector shields used in the Clone Wars?

The Star Wars Battlefront game trailer features the use of a man-portable area deflector shield at the Battle of Endor (taken from this Youtube video starting at 44 seconds): The shield generator ...
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Why were ray shield generators used in the interior hallways of combat spaceships?

In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine were trapped by a ray shield on the Separatist ship the Invisible Hand: 60 INT. BRIDGE-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER BODYGUARD: General, we ...
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What is the SFX process for phaser beam accuracy?

Inspired by this question about hand-held phaser grips and the lovely picture posted by Tritium21, I noticed that there seems to be a very deliberate direction to the line of fire of O'Brien's ...
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What is this Star Trek TOS device with the ribbon of small colored squares on top?

I'm fairly sure I've seen this object at least twice in the rec room during series 1, where I assumed it was some kind of futuristic game like the 3D chess or space checkers which also happened to ...
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Why did vibroblades disappear from usage?

It is known in the Knights of the Old Republic series that vibroblades were made from a special material that couldn't be cut by lightsabers. Then, why aren't the clone troopers using any?
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Voice control (speech recognition) of robots in Asimov stories

I remember I read a nice short story by Asimov from the Robot series, where a robot misinterpreted some voice command and did some witty things instead. I think it was Daneel Olivaw. However, that was ...
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How were Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine physically trapped by a ray shield?

In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine are trapped by a ray shield on the Separatist ship the Invisible Hand: It is specifically called it a "ray shield" by multiple characters: ...
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Aliens throw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion

There was an old science fiction short story were aliens threw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion. Steam trains worked and were armored to protect ...
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How long does it take to power up/shut down a warp core?

The warp core seems to be an immensely powerful and vital part of a starship. I'm pretty certain that when there have been issues with them, captains have been advised that it takes a significant ...
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How do people at Hogwarts usually tell the time?

Classes and lessons at Hogwarts are presumably scheduled at fixed times of day. The first class might start, for example at nine in the morning. To be on time for one's lessons, it is therefore ...
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Would a red giant really help power Atlantis' shields in The Last Man

In the Stargate: Atlantis episode, The Last Man, Sheppard is transported 40,000 years into the future. A hologram/computerized version of McKay meets him there with a plan to send Sheppard back to ...
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How does Hank Pym's (Earth-616) Yellowjacket suit allow him to fly?

How does the Yellowjacket suit fly? I remember the books saying that the disks on his shoulders enabled him to fly/hover thru vibration, I think. That always struck me as an unsatisfying answer ...
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AI Logic Bomb ignored or shrugged off

Modern computing is not immune to logic bombs or race conditions or runaway threads. But it does have techniques to minimize the impact of this. A watchdog timer requires that the program or system ...
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Alien surface transport that walks, not rolls

A magazine connected with (Boy) Scouting, possibly "Boys Life", in the early 1950's ran a short story in which a group of interplanetary explorers on an extraterrestrial planet, which may have been ...
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How do Terminators speak?

It seems obvious that Terminators don't have vocal cords, and their speech is probably generated by some kind of speaker assembly linked to a speech processor. However, every time we see a Terminator ...
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Are blaster bolts affected by gravity?

In Star Wars: Battlefront (2015) blaster bolts are affected by gravity, like bullets shot by weapons in Battlefield games. Is this right? Are blaster bolts affected by gravity in the same way that ...
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How was the messaging system in The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3, by Greg Egan) supposed to work?

In particular, why didn't messages being relayed from the future use up bandwidth and prevent new messages from being sent back?
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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 ...