In the TV series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis we see both the Ancients and Asgard using both holographic projection and beaming technology. Which race, Asgard or Ancients invented the holographic projection tech and the beaming tech? Given that the Ancients were a much older race did the Ancients invent both techs and gave both to the Asgard who used and improved both techs?

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    I think it's probably fair to say that the Ancients invented everything. – Valorum Feb 26 at 23:46
  • We don't know for sure, but IMO they developed the technology independently of one another without influence. I say this because the Asgard have access and knowledge of the Stargate technology, but from what we know they don't use it to the extent the Ancients did. They saw the appeal of having the tech available, but typically they would contact Earth from a ship and hologram. A couple times they came to Earth through the stargate and informed that they had no ships available or that the speed of gate travel was needed compared to using their ships. Other reasons as well, but all opinion... – Odin1806 Feb 28 at 20:00
  • On Earth, many fundamental technologies had been invented/discovered independently by different civilizations: wheel, writing, ships, agriculture,... We are probably not very far to use holographic projection in real life. – Taladris Apr 10 at 3:07

We don’t know for sure as it is never explicitly stated on the show to the best of my knowledge, however the most likely assumption would be the Ancients developed it first based on a comment from the Asgard’s:

You cannot even begin to comprehend the extent of what was unfolding in O'Neill's mind. Our scientists, long ago, extracted parts of the Ancient library of knowledge and learned much from it. But we have been studying it for as long as I can remember, and we have barely scratched the surface.


Source: The wonderful episode The fifth race.


Simple answer is the Ancients, because they’re the perfect, all-knowing race in the series.

But the beaming technology of the Asgard is different from the Ancients'. If I am not mistaken the Goa'uld stole Ancients beaming technology and it's the rings.

  1. So maybe they both developed those ideas.
  2. Maybe they traded the technology.
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    This seems like a guess. Can you back it up with some sort of evidence? – Valorum Apr 6 at 22:32

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