Star Trek technology strikes again

I’m watching the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Cut DVD at the scene where the Ilia probe is being examined. A reference to “molecule sized microprocessors” is noted in the probe. Bell-Labs just announced a similiar technology.

Trek geeks rejoice!

Great! So, when is IBM gonna perfect those Transporters they were working on?

Hey, I love my tricorder! One of the kids has a headache or a stuffy nose or something, I run the thing over her, the box beeps, I know whether to give her just plain Tylenol or the big purple cold pills. It’s great.

Hmm… kinda looks like a very expensive salt shaker to me…

Well, not that expensive. That price is only in Canadian dollars, after all.


Only Canadian Dollars? BAH!

Well, gee Ginger, didn’t you know that in the States, Monopoly sets come with Canadian money? Cheaper than printing fake stuff.

Okay, okay, only joking! But if you’re going to go around putting beavers on your currency, you have to expect the occasional pot-shot. :wink:

I happen to like beavers. 'specially Debij’s.

You mean the little toothy animal.

My bad.

I’m still waiting for my replicator

Porn’s cheaper. :smiley:



Hmm, I don’t recall that any Canadian bills actually have beavers on them… Although there are loons on the $2 Cdn coin, so I suppose you have a point.

But when I came back to the USA after living in Canada for a few years, I found it very confusing because all of my money was the same color.


I’m still waiting for the mass spectrometer that can detect elements and molecules from orbit. It would make my job a hell of lot easier.

Wait, wait – I thought it was possible to look at absorption lines in the light coming off of a planet’s surface right now, in the year 2001, with existing technology, and use that data to determine what elements and molecules are present in the planet’s atmosphere and in what quantities.

Is that not the case?

Well, not quite. There’s a difference between a “molecule sized microprocessor” and a “molecule sized microprocessor transistor”. But, yeah, it is pretty nifty.