5 Technologies From Science Fiction That We Should Never, Ever Build

For ages, science fiction has served as humanity’s greatest source of inspiration. Everything the authors felt would be a fascinating future instrument or technology was meticulously written down and integrated into different tales. Because many of those authors were chemists and other scientists, the things they wrote about were not totally implausible.

Many of the gadgets and gizmos mentioned in novels were really invented a few decades later. And, given how quickly technology development has accelerated in recent years, any absurd idea you have now might become a reality tomorrow. However, certain technologies are so hazardous that even contemporary humans will be unable to control them. They may do more damage than good. Here are 5 sci-fi technologies that we should avoid.

Weapons of Nanobots

Nanotechnology has the potential to be as lethal as any other weapon. While nanobots are useful for mending, producing body parts, organs, and other purposes, they may also be utilized to wipe out whole towns since there is no cure for this ‘plague of locusts.’

5 Technologies From Science Fiction That We Should Never, Ever Build

It just takes one blunder to turn the ultimate weapon into a weapon of mass devastation. Nanobots that self-replicate are almost indestructible — they can’t be bombed, fired at, or captured. If things go out of hand, the whole planet will be destroyed.

Warp Speed

All sci-fi trends seem to agree on one thing: interplanetary travel will be possible in the future. To go beyond our Solar System, we’ll have to find out how to move faster than the speed of light. While FTL travel seems to be unachievable in linear space, a warp drive would likely alleviate most of our travel issues by bending time around the ship and actually delivering the required location to us, rather than the other way around.

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5 Technologies From Science Fiction That We Should Never, Ever Build

Scientists think that developing a warp drive will be feasible in the future, but there is one little stumbling block. Special high-energy particles get trapped in the field of a warp drive when it is used. It won’t slow down the journey, but when it arrives, those particles, coupled with a massive amount of energy, will be unleashed, perhaps wiping out whole star systems or possibly creating a black hole. This isn’t the most relaxing mode of transportation.

Self-Replicating Technology is a kind of technology that reproduces itself

By any stretch of the imagination, the concept isn’t new. John von Neumann proposed the concept of a machine that could create a duplicate of itself out of raw materials and then upload its own programming into the new body in 1948. (very Matrix-esque if you want our opinion).

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5 Technologies From Science Fiction That We Should Never, Ever Build

Of course, developing such a technology would be very advantageous in terms of cost of manufacturing; all you have to do is carefully consider the original, and the machine will take care of the rest.

Nonetheless, handing over control of mass manufacturing of any type of machine to another machine is very risky. There are so many things that might go wrong! Even if the robots themselves are innocuous, there would be a massive waste of resources if there were too many of them. Machines may eventually take over the whole planet!

Drones of War that are Automated

What happens when the notorious human element is removed from warfare? There’s nothing nice about it. While it may seem to be more convenient to not have humans make all of the difficult judgment decisions during combat, the reality is that no computer could ever do so. People make errors; a machine, on the other hand, will not comprehend this, at least not in the near future; it will just carry out the command, no questions asked.

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When it comes to autonomous combat drones, the situation is different since once the target is chosen, they don’t even need human monitoring. Who will be held accountable if anything goes wrong? Imagine how many soulless robots will be sent into combat, and what terrible effects such conflicts would have on the environment and people caught in the crossfire if such machines become the primary means of warfare (despite the fact that we do not want any warfare to happen at all).

Artificial Intelligence Machines

Humans have a natural desire to play God; it’s in our DNA. We are attempting to recreate the human mind within a computer in order to better understand the nature of consciousness (and, by extension, the soul). The concept is both intriguing and terrifying, since the machine will lack all of the characteristics that make humans susceptible, sensitive, emotional, and, well, human.

The new concept is to build a machine that is not just cold-blooded, but also human-like, with the capacity to love, feel, and experience the duality of its own existence, as painful that may be. While that all sounds great in principle, the reality may be much worse than the utopian goal of replicating human mind inside a computer.

Many films and television series have examined the many things that might go wrong along the road, beginning with classics like Blade Runner and ending with the most recent show West World, which has taken the concept to a whole new level. And, if we were to succeed in constructing a ‘living and breathing’ thinking machine that could outperform any human in terms of strength and intelligence, wouldn’t it want to live its own life free of supervision? For better or worse, we’ll end up living in Asimov’s universe.

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