Happy birthday Alan Turing!
Turing, for those unaware, was an awesome British mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. He is widely known as the father of modern computing to boot. I owe him quite a lot of thanks, then!
Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.Alan Turing
I can’t imagine my life without computers, technology, and the super important online friend connections I’ve met via social media. Also, excuse me for a few minutes while I gawk in awe at the fancy new gaming PC I built last weekend.
And I’m back! The awesome Heather over at Just Geeking By started a series of blogging prompts called Seriously Geeky Sundays. This week is all about fictional technology in honor of Turing’s birthday. Definitely check out Heather’s creative prompts and take part in the fun if you want! I’m absolutely loving her questions so far.
So… without anymore intro babbling from me, here are my answers to Just Geeking By’s techy questions for this week. Thank you, Heather!
What is the weirdest fictional technology item you’ve seen?
I’m finally beginning to see why watching people play video games is a popular thing online! Thanks to an awesome stream by the fantastic Gaming Diaries, I was able to take my first trip into the Ratchet & Clank universe. There is where I met the weirdest, wackiest, and wildest piece of tech I’ve ever seen in a game: The Groovitron.
Basically, this is a disco ball that makes all the enemies around it dance uncontrollably. While the enemies dance, you are free to mow them down without fear of getting attacked back. Getting danced to death…. I can think of worse ways to go!
What is the most disastrous technological innovation?
I’m not too familiar with the whys or hows of their existence, but the Borg from the Star Trek series seem like a pretty disastrous technological innovation, no? They prowl the universe forcefully destroying and assimilating entire species into their collective AI mind. That sounds awful.
Who is your favourite robot/droid?
I’m going to give a huge shout-out to a favourite childhood TV series I rarely talk about these days, Beast Wars: Transformers! Stranded alien robots that can transform into animals… so freaking awesome!!
I remember absolutely no plot details from the show, but I do remember loving Cheetor a lot. He’s basically a sarcastic robot on the benevolent Maximals side who can turn into a cheetah. Apt name, I know!
What fictional futuristic item do you think will become real one day?
I hope medi-gel from the Mass Effect video game series can become a thing one day. It’s an all-in-one medical solution that can fix almost any injury and cure any ailment. Think of how many innocent lives this would have the power to save! I bet it can cure COVID-19 too.
What futuristic vehicle would you love to take for a ride?
Ah, my dear brain went to a Mass Effect place so it’s going to stay there while I answer this question! I’d love to drive a Mako from the first Mass Effect game. This lovely futuristic tank thing ignores the laws of all planetary gravity and can traverse vertically up the steepest of mountains. I can imagine it would handle harsh Canadian winter driving conditions with ease!
If you could have any character/celebrity be the personality for a supercomputer, who would it be?
Nah. I won’t force my brain back from Mass Effect land. It really wants to stay there and my self-control will allow it. I’m going to say Liara T’Soni (a Mass Effect companion character) would make a lovely supercomputer personality! Liara sounds so compassionate and analytical which I think is the perfect way to humanize any AI technology.
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