I have to tell you, I have been an avid trekkie all my life, just like my parents. The only one I never followed was Deep Space Nine. Too depressing. Too much angst. What more can I say?
Anyways, I have wondered for some time how plausible some of the forecasted technology is in the series. Are some some day possible? And are some, as far as we know, never possible? (I think I heard somewhere that matter-energy transporters may be impossible, due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. But in the series, the employ something called a Heisenberg compensator. Is that possible?)
Here is what I hope at least is a partial list. More may follow:
[li]Matter Replicator[/li][li]Matter-energy transporter[/li][li]Warp (i.e., FTL) drive[/li][li]Stasis field[/li][li]Holodeck (i.e., fully-imersive virtual reality[/li][li]Phaser (i.e., laser-like weapon, in the palm of the hand)[/li][li]Etc.?[/li][/ul]
Actually, the one I wonder about is the stasis field. A medical device that creates suspended animation, apparently by stopping all motion IIRC. Just how plausible is THAT?
Thank you all in advance for your kindly replies:).