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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What purpose did the hologram technology serve in Civil War?

In the beginning of Captain America: Civil War, what looks like a flashback to Stark's younger days turns out to be spiffy hologram technology that I guess can play memories or even alter them. I ...
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How are the jetpacks controlled in Star Wars?

So we see lots of people with jetpacks in Star Wars (okay maybe not mostly just Jango and Boba Fett but still) but they never explained how they are used. We never see them press a button to use their ...
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What was the first insect-like robot in fiction?

Insect-sized robots which fly on artificial wings or skitter around on multiple mechanical legs are becoming more and more common as subjects of real-world research and development, but they've been a ...
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Did Darth Vader purposely modify his voice?

In the Star Wars: Rebels season 2 finale, This got me thinking, was Vader's voice purposely modified for intimidation, disguise, or other purposes, or is his deep voice merely a side-effect of his ...
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Is Rey's instant bread real technology? [duplicate]

I thought this has been asked before but couldn't find it. In the movie, Rey first scenes included one where she just added water to a pile of powder and poof it transforms into bread. Out of ...
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Can all proton weapons penetrate shields? Why?

There are at least two instances where proton weapons have penetrated military shields specifically because they are proton weapons: Separatist proton cannons blanketing the skies of Ryloth in anti-...
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Who makes androids in the Marvel universe?

Which branch of technology in the Marvel universe "makes" androids (for example, Victor Mancha)? Is their job considered biotechnological, still robotics, or a whole other field of study?
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Is the number of personnel transported via Transporter restricted to the number of transporter pads?

I seem to remember seeing emotionally split Kirk cradling himself on a singular transporter pad before beaming out and beaming back as a whole. I think I've seen another two on one pad scene as well. ...
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When was the first driverless car story written?

Reading the question about a future (the future) when non-automatic cars will be illegal, a moment sometimes called the automotive singularity, sparked the question in my mind about when the first ...
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Why are most holograms blue in Star Wars?

Throughout the Star Wars saga, no matter the era, no matter who's broadcasting, blue holograms are exceedingly common. However, multi- and full-color holograms do exist. Additionally, Snoke'...
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What's the earliest story where magic precludes technology and vice versa?

Electricity doesn't work well around Hogwarts. In The Anubis Gates, written in 1983 by Tim Powers, there are some areas in space (and time) where magic is stronger and technologic equipment tends to ...
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Are there any instances where technology is superior to magic?

Magic is often touted to be superior to technology. While this statement is often made as propaganda or to enforce the idea of wizard-folk superiority over Muggles, it does have some merit - there are ...
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How did the wizards learn that electricity does not work around Hogwarts?

As stated by Hermione- the fact that electricity does not work at Hogwarts is described in "Hogwarts: A History": "Aren't you two ever going to read Hogwarts: A History?" "What's the point?" ...
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Would WiFi work at Hogwarts?

A friend and I recently found this link: http://imgur.com/gallery/7a2S1, the important parts shown below. It's about an IT-Guy who works at Hogwarts to install WiFi and stuff. But WiFi and computers ...
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In general, are blasters more powerful in The Force Awakens?

Watching The Force Awakens, it seems like blaster technology has noticeably improved. Many blasters seem to create small explosions capable of affecting multiple targets at a time. Am I wrong, or did ...
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When were lasers used in Star Wars? [duplicate]

In the Wookiepedia article on blaster technology, lasers - in the context of true electromagnetic beams - are mentioned to be archaic, suggesting they existed in Star Wars military history. The ...
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If the ship's self-destruct is such a great idea why don't real Navies do this? [closed]

Background to my question: I watched a recent episode of The Expanse where the ship's captain It got me thinking, in-universe this appears to make no sense! Ships having a self-destruct is a ...
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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 The Force Awakens?

What kind of computer technology do they use in The Force Awakens? 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 built-...
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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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What are the technical improvements of the new standard Stormtrooper helmets over the old standard Stormtrooper helments?

As the trailers for The Force Awakens have shown, Star Wars has undergone an equipment upgrade. What are the technical improvements of the new standard First Order Stormtrooper helmets over the old ...
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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 be ...
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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?