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It has been nearly 50 years since the original Star Trek series began with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.  There's been all sorts of incredible progress made since then, including this internet thing that they said would never catch on!

But have we really come that far in 50 years?  I mean, come on, no transporter beams?


As long you you know the proper coordinates, this should not be a problem!!!  Okay, transporting yourself into a cement wall because your coordinates were just a fraction off could be a problem, sure.  Seventeen degrees south puts you where you want to be, but 17 degrees north puts you in the fast lane of a major highway?  That's a risk that some of us would still take.

And how about that replicator?  Name what you want to eat or drink and :Bang2:, there it is!


Not having to cook for hours, better than just microwaving something!

Seems like we still have some work to go, but at least we don't have phasers yet!  That would just be too dangerous!

Just sayin...

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