The Bytz team reveals their personal picks for sci-fi inventions they’d like to see making their way into the real world.
All this talk of sci-fi vs real life science and technology has gotten all of us at Bytz thinking about what kinds of fictional inventions we would like to see brought to life. Here’s our wishlist of the fictional tech that we all still hope and dream of owning in our lifetime:
Infinite improbability drive from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy books/movie
This technology enabled characters in the book to cross great interstellar distances within a short span of time. Bytz editor Madhavan M is especially keen on it because he believes that this alternative method of travel will certainly help him combat all forms of Monday blues on any given week.
Androids from the Almost Human TV series
Khor Sow Yee looks forward to the day when quality of life is enhanced by the presence of an intuitive android.
Be it just to help out in mundane housework or to perform dangerous jobs such as firefighting and law enforcement, a robot companion is her idea of a reliable partner in crime, especially as androids would be devoid of the laundry list of character defects inherent in the human psyche.
Jarvis from the Iron Man movie
An acronym that stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System, it represents an advanced form of artificial intelligence that provides the superhero Iron Man with the timely tech support he needs. When asked why he wanted his very own Jarvis, Steven Patrick quips, “Who wouldn't want a virtual butler with a posh English accent?”
Transporter from the Star Trek TV series/movies
According to Tan Kit Hoong, air travel is “long, tiring and nowadays, dangerous”. Instead, he would much prefer to travel around the world by way of a transporter. It works by teleporting a person or object via an energy beam from its point of origin to a desired destination. Beam me up, Scotty!
DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future movies
A car that can time travel is Chong Jinn Xiung’s idea of the perfect vehicle. Once he has one in his possession, he intends to not only revisit the past, but also gain wisdom from a trip into the future.
Of course, he promises to do all that in a responsible manner.
Scent identity detector from Mission: Impossible TV series
In one of the episodes of the Mission: Impossible TV series, the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) team tracks down an assassin using a device that identifies people from a distance based on their scent. Recognising and remembering smells are important to Susanna Khoo, and she hopes to have a similar gadget of her own. She also hopes that the device can have an additional feature which enables her to trace the exact location of any curious smells she sniffs out around her.
Space/ocean colony from Alpha Centauri/Beyond Earth game
Lee Kah Leng relishes the thought of being able to live underwater as part of an ocean colony, where “people can live under the surface with self-sustainable, replenishable food source and room to expand or grow”. He believes this is an especially great idea for our present times, as ongoing global warming and pollution problems are leading to a rise in sea levels.
Alternatively, he wouldn’t mind settling in a space colony.