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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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 genre

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 ...
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Why wasn't gunpowder more common in Middle Earth?

By the Third Age, gunpowder was obviously invented, but it was very rarely used. In late medieval and early modern Europe (and subsequently on the whole planet) it completely changed warfare. As ...
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Sonic Showers - why reviled?

We’ve seen sonic showers in Star Trek, Star Wars, and countless SF books – so much so that I would wager that even a non-SF fan would know what was being referred to. Here’s a relatively recent ...
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In Star Trek what uses would an astrophysics lab have for a stasis unit

At the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation 6x18, Starship Mine, Captain Picard tells Dr. Beverly Crusher to arrange with Geordi La Forge to beam a stasis unit from the ship's astrophysics ...
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3 races at different levels of technology

In 8th grade I read a sci-fi/fantasy story about a technologically advanced race that is trying to colonize a world already populated by a "primitive" race that believes that the technology of the ...
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How exactly does one farm moisture?

This question has been bothering me since I was six years old- we know that Aunt Buru and Uncle Owen are moisture farmers, but what is it that they do? What is the process? Is it profitable? What ...
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Is it possible to call every mobile phone in a particular area at a time? [closed]

I've seen this phenomenon in the movie Eagle Eye, Sherlock Holmes television episodes, and The Lawnmower Man. Every mobile gets a call at a same time from the same guy in a particular area. Is this ...
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How many photon torpedos can an Ambassador-class starship’s shields withstand?

I have looked at a ton of Star Trek episodes ever since Yesterday's Enterprise, but I have not found any information at all on its shielding capabilities. Im looking to know how many photons it can ...
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How did the Bugs in Starship Troopers launch the Asteroids towards earth?

In the Starship Troopers movie, Apart from a big Brain Bug and the plasma launching Bugs the bugs didn't have enough technological equipment that could launch an Asteroid towards Earth precisely. I ...
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James Bond car doesnot have pokers in Die Another Day [closed]

Why James Bond car does not have pokers like Zao's car in Die Another Day?
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“The Man Who Could Have Had Love” - at least that's how I remember the title

This would have been in the 60s or 70s. It was a story about a young man who invented a perpetual motion machine that could provide power for everyone. Knowing corporations or government would block ...
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I'm looking for a book series about a Queen that time travels to save her people

I'm looking for a book series about a Queen that time travels to save her people. What I remember from the books was a girl that lived in the "highlands" came down to a festival where she was taking a ...
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Why don't more droids remove their restraining bolts?

In "Downfall of a Droid" (S01E06 of The Clone Wars), R2-D2 is captured by a Trandoshan trader, who puts a restraining bolt on him and puts him in a storage bay of sorts. However, R2-D2 simply nudges ...
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Does the TOS episode “Tomorrow is Yesterday” feature a primitive replicator?

The Enterprise gets sent back in time to the 1960's, and a couple of time-local people end up on the ship. At one point, a crewman offers one of the passengers food while they are both in the ...
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Old TV Show with a Floating Bed/Chair

I remember an old TV show, probably early 80s??, and I remember this white room where the main character would end the episode by laying down in like a floating bed/chair. I think he actually ...
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Does the Turbolift on the bridge of Star Trek TNG Galaxy class vessels provide shipwide service, or are there additional Turbolifts?

Can you access the entire ship via the Turbolift that services the bridge? Is it a single system, or do you have to switch lifts somewhere along your journey?
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Why is Nostromo's technology so… 1980s?

"Prometheus" is meant to be a prequel to "Alien", happening 30 years before (src). If that's the case, how come one of the very earliest spaceships, Prometheus from 2089, has a spiffy new technology, ...
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Fictional origins of touch and gesture technology

Where do you think the first vision of touch technology comes from? All I come up with are from film and t.v. shows, for example tablets the earliest I can think of is Star Trek The Next Generation. ...
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What are the machines in the Matrix doing?

In The Matrix, the machines won the war against humans. They have incredibly efficient production and lots of energy. What are they doing in the meantime? What purpose do these machines have? I could ...
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Is The Doctor (EMH Mark I) technologically similar to the holodeck?

The creator of the Emergency Medical Hologram - EMH (beginning with Mark I), Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, was the 'Director of Holographic Imaging and Programming' at Jupiter Station. It can be expected his ...
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Why aren't “life support belts” used elsewhere in the Trek universe?

"Life support belts" have only ever been seen in the animated series (and apparently a non-canon video game as well). Is there any explanation for why?
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Do “life support belts” exist outside of ST:TAS?

In the first episode of the animated Star Trek series, Beyond the Farthest Star, an away-team investigates an alien ship using "life support belts," which appear to protect the wearer with a ...
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How much power the powercell of a lightsaber could deliver to the blade?

Lightsabers are extraordinary weapons, they could cut almost anything and reflect blaster bolt, but one of theirs must amazing feat is the quantity of energy they could deliver. I particularly ...
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What is Lando Calrissian wearing on his Wrist?

Again, when I visited the Star-Wars exposition this summer, I took a photo of Lando Calrissian's costume. I noticed the nice wrist device and made a close up of it : Unitl now, I tough it was ...
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How is faeces processed in stillsuits?

Kynes studied the underarm seals, adjusted one. “Motions of the body, especially breathing,” he said, “and some osmotic action provide the pumping force.” He loosened the chest fit slightly. ...
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Is inconsistent Inertial Dampener performance ever explained?

According to Tom Paris, the Inertial Dampeners are the only thing keeping the crew from becoming "stains on the back wall" when the ship accelerates to super-luminal speeds. If the Inertial Dampeners ...
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Why don't Starfleet Officers wear protective gear when going abroad?

So I've watched pretty much all the Star Treks and from what I've seen, Star Trek officers don't wear any protective gear! Why don't they wear any kind of armor like the Klingons? Is it because the ...
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Exhaust fed into fuel fill spout?

In the movie Looper, it looked like the pick-up trucks that Joe and Sara drove had their muffler exhausts fed into the fuel fill spout. What might the purpose of that be?
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Are there things a Replicator cannot replicate?

As John O commented here on "How did Voyager replace its photon torpedoes?" What is special about a photon torpedo that would make them unmanufacturable without specialized tools that Voyager did ...
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Why do Star Trek ships have weapons when there are better means to destroy enemy ships? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can't transporter technology be used as a weapon? Why does the transporter technology not make "conventional" weapons (beam weapons and missiles) completely ...
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What work of SciFi or Fantasy was the first to depict small scale removable computer data storage media?

Star Trek TOS was using single handed removable read/write memory media (like the kind William Windom is holding below) before the floppy disk was even invented. Was Star Trek the first, or was a ...
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Why do people step to positions to be transported, even if there isn't a transporter pad?

After watching (I'm sure quite too) many Star Trek episodes, I've noticed a number of occasions where the characters seem to step away or onto a more specific location to get transported, even if they ...
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Do the paradox-self-resolving time spheres work by the same principles as the Professor's forward-in-time machine?

The Professor (and by extension the writers!) invented the very first time travel machine that convincingly avoids paradoxes by design (S07E07) -- limited to the fictional universes I know of. It ...
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Do the Machines in “The Matrix” Adhere to the Three Laws of Robotics?

In the "real world" of the Matrix, do the machines follow Asimov's Three Rules? Were they even programmed with them? EDIT: I realize that killing people goes against the 1st law, but by keeping ...
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Would it be possible to (re)build a Mass Relay?

Spoilers warning: I'll be spoiler tagging any Mass Effect 3 spoilers, but anything from ME/ME2 won't be spoiler tagged. You've been warned. In the Mass Effect universe, the primary means of ...
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Why does the Batmobile have a changing seat?

In the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, the Batmobile has the driver's seat change between driving and attack modes. Is there an explanation for this? It seems like the "attack" mode would be hard on ...