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What is your favorite piece of Star Trek technology?

Asked by The_Compassionate_Heretic (14596points) June 5th, 2009

Transporter, food replicator, holodeck, tricorder, phaser, faster than light travel, etc…

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Lonestarwildman's avatar

Transporter room.It would aliviate heavy rush hour traffic!

MrItty's avatar

Holodeck. Every fantasy made real.

dynamicduo's avatar

I just read an awesome fan analysis where he concluded that the teleporters/phasers/replicators/holodeck all use the same basic principles (the phasers set to disintegrate may teleport the target to subspace; teleporting and replicating have been in-show described as being almost the same but replicators are lower resolution, the holodeck is a replicator with force fields), so I would have to conclude and say all of them. If I could only pick out one gadget, it would have to be the holodeck. Not only could I have so much fun with it myself, I would have oodles more fun making up and renting out holoprograms!

AstroChuck's avatar

The Starfleet bra. Have you ever noticed the fullness of bosom on all the female crew members?

bonus's avatar

I’m with @Lonestarwildman in that I always loved the idea of quick + easy transport but @AstroChuck makes a very very valid point. Those bullet bras of the 60s were my fave.

Blondesjon's avatar

Warp speed. It’s the only realistic way that humankind will truly be able to go where no man has gone before.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Blondesjon that or go to a lot of Indigo Girl concerts.

Blondesjon's avatar

@eponymoushipster . . .I was thinking more along the lines of Janet Reno’s panties.

ragingloli's avatar

It is a tie between the replicator and the holodeck.

ragingloli's avatar

@Blondesjon we could also use wormholes.

Blondesjon's avatar

I agree. One of my first “nut & bolts” sci/fi novels was Contact by Carl Sagan.

Don’t let the shitty Jodie Foster movie fool you, it was a very well thought out and written book.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Blondesjon that’s boldy going. find new life and new civilizations there, too.

filmfann's avatar

@Blondesjon I liked the book AND the movie. They could not have filmed it the way the book ended, and I thought it worked. Contact is one of my favorites (plus, I have a huge Jody Foster crush).

filmfann's avatar

I say the Transporter though the holodeck could be fun.

asmonet's avatar

Holodeck or flight speeds.

You kinda need both for a long trip in a nearly empty vacuum. :’(

Bluefreedom's avatar

Several people have already noted my favorites here but I’ll reiterate them anyway – Holodeck, Transporters, Replicators.

Lupin's avatar

Come on. You’re telling me nobody wants a couple of Phasers?
Coffee too cold? “Zap”.
Remodeling project around the house? “Zaap” Perfect doorway cut with smooth edges.
Jackass driver just cut you off? “Zaaap !”
I want some o dat!

Vinifera7's avatar

I would have to say that the replicator technology is my favorite based on sheer convenience. I would also contend that it is the most influential piece of technology on civilization in the Star Trek universe. The replicators initiated not only a technological revolution, but an economical one as well. With the widespread use of replicators came an era of prosperity and a quality of life never seen before on Earth.

Capt. Picard: This is the 24th century. Material needs no longer exist.
Ralph Oppenhouse: Then what’s the challenge?
Capt. Picard: The challenge, Mr. Oppenhouse, is to improve yourself – to enrich yourself. Enjoy it.

Lupin's avatar

@Vinifera7 Oh, but think what an effect a hood-mounted Phaser would have on downtown traffic. That would give at least me a “Quality of life never seen before on Earth.” ;-)

zarnold's avatar

ditto warp speed.
Also, Seven of Nine.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Give me a holodeck. Getting these fantasies out of my head and into my hands would be a priceless commodity.

@Lupin, I agree, setting the phaser on stun would sure help in many social situations.

svladcjelli's avatar

Hmmmmm….replicators.

Lupin's avatar

@svladcjelli When you get your replicator can you replicate one (or two) of these for me? Gaila Orion

filmfann's avatar

Wow, imagine what she will look like when she is ripe!

Lupin's avatar

I get chills just thinking of it.
Before testing, I’d use my modified Tricorder to make sure no unnecessary viruses were attached.

mattbrowne's avatar

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

Blobman's avatar

The space jumping suits from the new Star Trek movie.

AstroChuck's avatar

But not the red one!

Blobman's avatar

The yellow on, without a doubt.

talljasperman's avatar

Sub-space communications… warp 9.98

Zaku's avatar

No one likes cloaking devices? Fascinating.

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