From: Steve Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Aug 23 2005 - 08:32:16 EEST
Andrew Werby wrote:
> If they came with a 3d scanner built in, then we could call them
This term could catch on because of StarTrek's use of the word for
something VERY similar to one of these beasts.
In the Trek universe, Replicators do not in fact *copy* something
like a photocopier - they replicate something from an original that's
stored or generated in their computers' memory...exactly as we propose.
Mostly they use it for food items - but there were plenty of episodes
where people used one to make items as diverse as musical instruments.
(Data: "Computer please replicate me one Viola.")
Words from StarTrek have DEFINITELY caught on for other technologies
in the past.
How come we have a 'Space Shuttle' ? The Enterprise had handy
reusable 'Shuttles' that did the job of getting to and from orbit
from the planet's surface carrying a handful of crew and/or a small
cargo...pretty much exactly what our modern shuttle does. The NASA
guys used that term because it had become descriptive (they also called
the first prototype 'The Enterprise' - really trekkies would have gone
'Nanites' as a word for Nanotechnological Robots came from StarTrek.
Everyone knows what a 'Holodeck' is - it's almost taken over from
'Virtual Reality' as a term for that kind of device.
I think 'Replicator' - 'Replicate' could catch on...now if only we
could get the voice controls ("Earl Grey - Hot"), the pretty sparkly
light and the 3 second build time from *any* materials!
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