They’ve a 3-D printer that can use different materials and colours – wow.
This is also the day I transferred some information from a tablet computer to a PC by writing it on a piece of paper and retyping it.
In 1898 the US Commissioner of Patents said that “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. However, this is apocryphal. Charles Holland Duell did say, in 1902, “In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold.”
So, ‘all done’ or ‘barely started’?
We are hitting limits in computing, chips that use only one or two electrons, or electrons in quantum states. The Cray supercomputer is curved to reduce the length of the wires as the speed of light is a limit. You wouldn’t have thought losing a few centimeters here and there would make much difference.
If you look at Star Trek’s technology: once you have replicators and site-to-site transporters, you can make anything appear anywhere. That’s got to be more-or-less it, surely? Thinking of Clarke’s law, even magic can’t top that.
I’ve gone in both directions in my fiction.
There’s an argument that technology will keep improving until we no longer understand it as in Clarke’s Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I’m not sure. I can tell that transporters are (portrayed as) technology even if I don’t know how the trick is worked. I think it’s a cop out excuse.
What do people think?