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Discussion on: Which Star Trek technologies do you want to see come to life?

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Austin S. Hemmelgarn

Portable memory

This was a thing even back in '66, just not in a format most younger people would recognize. Tape drives have existed since the early 50's. They lacked significant capacity by todays standards, but they did exist. Funniest thing about this is that Star Trek predicted tape-based storage existing as a core technology far longre than it did (it's still used today, but almost exclusively for backups because it still has a better combination of physical/digital space ratios and pricing than hard drives).

As to the actual question, the medical technology is at the top of my list for obvious practical reasons, followed very closely by the VR tech (the holodeck/holosuites were really just plot devices more than anything else, but it's still a neat concept).