Fictional technology

Fictional technology is an umbrella term for technological processes and devices that don't exist in reality, proposed or described in many different contexts:

Examples of such fictional technologies are:

Many technologies were fictional for a long time before they became real, such as:

There are also technologies that have been proven to work beyond question, but currently are 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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