A 'Very Tiny Rick Moranis' and Other Requests for the Sci-Fi Santa We Know as DARPA
DARPA turned to Twitter to crowdsource some ideas for what the future should bring. A round-up of the responses.
DARPA -- the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency but better known as Sci-Fi Santa in these parts -- turned to Twitter to crowdsource a few ideas for what the future should bring.
What technology from science fiction would you most like to see as science fact?-- DARPA (@DARPA) June 15, 2012
The people have heeded the call, some in earnest, others ... not so much. Here's a rundown of some of the responses:
- The Death Star, pls -- @silvermanjacob
- SOMA from Brave New World -- @ZichaelMao
- FTL [faster-than-light] travel so humanity can expand into the stars! -- @Arjyparjy
- super-fast self-healing materials -- @Vito_Scarco
- Teleportation -- @DaLN [Ed. note: PLEASE!]
- Teleporters and/or Timetravel/Chronovision -- @MANOMACHINE
- A working heart -- @derektmead
- Cheap, safe, available access to space -- @TonySolo
- Flying robots that rain terror from the sky -- @paleofuture [Ed. note: Ignore this guy!]
- Chewbacca -- @paleofuture [Ed. note: Again!]
- Godless theocracy based on a mysterious "force" -- @mims [Ed. note: Because we need help with this?]
- Motoko Kusanagi's prosthetic body. Also, fusion -- @blakestacey
- Hologram trees from The Simpsons -- @FutureTenseNow
- Suspended animation. For cross-country flights. -- @WhySharksMatter
- Very tiny Rick Moranis. -- @jwhermann
There was only one request DARPA said was already in the works:
RT @armedwscience: A world... without passwords? @DARPA is working on it: ht.ly/bGmYp #sot-- DARPA (@DARPA) June 19, 2012
At least it was a good one.