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Fictional technology

Fictional technology is proposed or described in many different contexts for many different reasons:

Examples of such fictional technologies are:

Many technologies are fictional for a long time before they become real. Examples are:

There are also technologies that have been proven to work beyond question, but are simply not practical given the alternatives, i.e. there is a more appropriate technology for that purpose:

Proposals for further development of these are thus more and more likely to be seen as fictional, misleading or amusing. Robot toys for instance have become popular. One could argue that the atomic bomb, given the consequences of its use, also belongs in this category.

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