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Stargzer
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Replicator
Stargzer   1/23/2015 1:55:20 PM
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A version of a Replicator was Tom Swift, Jr.'s Matter Maker, which converted energy into matter -- Oxygen, food or whatever.  It took beaucoup energy, and he invented humongous, efficient solar cells for use in space to power the thing. There was a group of us in early grade school in the late 1950s-early 1960s who would rush to see who got the next book in the series before the rest of us did.

I don't think he ever got a Star Trek-style transporter built.  There is a book titled Tom Swift and His 3-D Telejector (1964), but it looks like it refers to 3-D video being transmitted by robots back to his lab.

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Replicators and Fax Machines...
SANelson131   1/22/2015 11:05:06 AM
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I appreciate the comments on my transporter analogy and was told, by a Designer here at Logic PD in fact, that this was more like a "replicator than a transporter."  But when I watched Stark Trek as a boy I always thought the Replicator looked like a microwave or Easy-Bake oven.  I was not as inspired.  The 3D Fax Machine is an accurate and more precise metaphor for the event, but I took a more philosophical view.  @sw_connected commented that this was a replicator because "the original wrench is still present on earth."  I don't actually know that.  If we look at the essence or soul of the wrench being its design and its first physical embodiment was on the space station, then perhaps we did transport it. 

It's a stretch, I know, but I think of engineering as a visionary field and I like the thought that we are one big step closer to a true transporter.  

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Re: Fax Machines
rick merritt   1/21/2015 2:10:48 PM
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True, any future tourist would demand his money back if he only had a replica of himself faxed or 3-D printed to the Moon or Saturn's rings.

Back to the drawing board ;-(

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Fax Machines
HankWalker   1/21/2015 12:47:17 PM
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In some SF stories, the transporter is called a "FAX machine", which seems appropriate here. It scans the original, sends the information, and creates a copy. In some cases the human body is vaporized in the scanning process. In others, the original body is killed. Or two copies are created, with all of the interesting story, philosophical and religious issues discussed. I like the term "FAX machine" since it makes clear that the original object is not being transported, only information about that object.

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More like a replicator...
sw_connected   1/20/2015 7:56:58 PM
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Engaging commentary all around, with several nice points in particular.  While quite obviously a tongue-in-cheek analogy, the comparable science fiction device is probably a replicator rather than a transporter (the original wrench is still present on earth).  While 3D printing technology continues to improve in quality and reduce in cost, the transporter may still be a year or two away from realization.  :-)

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One more 3D Printer infatuation
_hm   1/20/2015 5:58:52 PM
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This is a one more 3D printer infatuation. But this should not overy simplyfy the core concepts.

 

 

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