What fictional tech do you most want to become real?

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Sometimes fictional technologies become reality (submarines! tablet computers!) and sometimes they remain firmly in our imaginations (where is my tricorder, future?). Today, we want to know what fictional tech you most want to see inspire a real world invention.

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Tell us in the comments what fictional invention you most hope to see become reality, where it comes from, and just what you would do with it.

Image: Data uses a tricorder.

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DISCUSSION

ALL OF THEM.

But I'll settle for the warp drive.

Also, can you imagine how much tricorders would revolutionize science? I once calculated that I can complete my father's 6-year biology PhD work in about 6-months (old school gene sequencing's a bitch). Tricorders could do that, and more. Can you just imagine how fast science would progress if every assay is automatic and returns results instataneously?