I ran into this discussion on Reddit: Your ultimate Sci Fi tech list and felt that I just had to work on a list here for the fun of it.
First off, I want to say that the originator of the topic definitely is of the same mind as me, so there will definitely be some overlap.
Babylon 5 – Sheridan’s White Star
The one he gave himself after the wars were over. This would allow me to travel through space, and feel rather confident in my ability to survive the things I come up against.
Star Trek: Voyager – Admiral Janeway’s Shuttle SC-4
From the episode Endgame. A smaller ship than the White Star, this would be a great little vessel. While I am not exactly sure what I would do with it (other than using the transporter), I love the ablative armor, and it seems to be quick, easy to use, and one of the most futuristic items on this list (if we go by current calendar systems).
Star Trek: Deep Space 9 – Romulan Cloaking Device
Like the one fitted in the Defiant. I would want this fitted in my White Star. I think a White Star with a cloaking device would not only be a powerful force in the Star Trek or Babylon 5 universes, but at this point and time, it would make the ship useful to me. I could land it in a forest knowing that no one could see it. I could fly it around the planet safe in the knowledge that no one would try to shoot me down.
Animorphs – Andalite Escafil Device
The blue cube that gives people the power to absorb and transform into animals. This would be great for every day life. I could acquire the DNA of various animals and people and become them temporarily.
Stargate – Goa’uld Zat’nik’tel
Who doesn’t love the Zat gun? One shot stuns, two shots kill, and three disintegrates.
Star Trek: TNG – Three Exocomps
The small devices with the ability to fix pretty much anything. I would make sure not to put them into any “life” threatening situations though, as they don’t seem to take kindly to that.
Earth: Final Conflict – Taelon Cyber-Viral Implant
With a way to implant it of course or else it would be fairly useless. This device will give me eidetic memory.
Star Trek: Voyager – Dermal Regenerator
A simple piece of technology to fix any bruises, scrapes, or cuts I get.
In the end though, like most things, it comes down to the details. I’ve said this about super powers before: you can’t just choose one thing. Every thing in my list requires secondary items. Some form of power generation technology, the ability to learn how to use these systems, or the software to make them run. And don’t even get me started on the assumed devices that go along with selecting any of these technologies.
It is definitely fun to come up with such lists, and while a person commented that the whole thing could be made moot by someone going all “god mode”, that would only ruin the imagination and creativity of coming up with such lits. The idea is to come up with things that would make your life better.
What sci-fi technologies would you like to have?