I wonder how long it takes science fiction to become a reality. I suppose it depends on how wild or far out the fiction is. The past has proven that science catches up with fiction, but at different paces and degrees. If I had more time this morning, I could write a novel on this subject, because it fascinates me. It is so very wonderful (and some times terrible) that what mankind can dream, mankind can usually accomplish. All it takes is thought and time and, of course, other discoveries and inventions to use as building blocks.
Where should I start; how about communication. Man used to dream about talking to someone far away. He used drums, smoke signals, mirrors, etc. then as more new things were discovered and developed, like the telegraph; it wasn’t long until Mr. Bell came up with the telephone. Then people thought how nice it would be if there were no wires, then you could talk to ships, trains, etc. A lot of people came up with wireless ways of communication but Marconi is considered the father of long range radio communication. Then someone wanted to see along with hearing and the TV was born.
Then there was Jules Verne. He wrote about the most fantastic things, traveling to the moon and the depths of the ocean. At the time, the things that he wrote about were the most fantastic and impossible stuff people ever heard, but most of it has come true. Now, let’s look at the popular TV show, Star Trek. Some of their “advanced” gadgets have come into real existence and some have not. The ones that have not yet happened may still be able to do so. Warp drive, where their ship traveled faster than light and could jump around the universe is theoretically possible. Even though I told you before about neutrinos exceeding the speed of light, a huge star ship would have trouble doing so, but space would not. In fact, the theory is that space in the inflationary period just after the big bang (if you believe in the big bang – a subject for some other time) actually expanded faster than the speed of light. So now a theory has came about that if you warp space around the ship which would expand space behind you and contract space in front of you, would allow the bubble of space around you to travel faster than the speed of light but you and your ship inside the bubble could be standing still, carried along inside the bubble.
OH yes, we can’t forget about the transporter where they beam the crew all over the place. Science has already done this with entangled particles. Deep subject and would take more time than I have this morning to discuss it and to do it with a person (what if a fly got into the machine? And the replicator, yes we now have something similar to that. How about the worm hole? I am afraid that man does not have control of sufficient energies to create a worm hole and probably never will. So far, that is purely fictional . . .
OK, you all have a great day now, you hear?