Many of you shared this with me, and I think it needs to further commenatary, all the more fun because it comes courtesy a Star Trek website:

Star Trek Replicator Nearing Reality?

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. terminally skeptical on February 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Well since we’re on the topic of exotically prepared foods allow me to submit meat for those in a hurry. It’s called the mobius steak, special by the fact that while cooked on just one side it’s done on both sides!

  2. MQ on February 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Ha, the avg pizza assembly at Costco does better than this. But, the true replicator technology might be the last invention for some folks, as in they will dial in all manner of food– and likely alcohol and various drugs— and sit in front of the replicator gorging themselves until they die. Hey, there’s a new way for the Elite to get rid of folks…and if that doesn’t do them in, try the Holodeck, where an overdoes of SevenOfNine or enthusiastic Klingon stripper girls would mean the end of many a poor, unthinking, and horny soul.
    The bigger question (and I’m sure it’s been mulled over in some think tank) is how society would shift as a result of basic needs being essentially guaranteed and nearly instantly accessible. Once you are not struggling to pay for food, clothing and shelter, what will you put your energies to? How would people in outdated industries transition to new work? This is where that Star Trek ethos of service, science and exploration would come in.

  3. Robert Barricklow on February 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Well, that certainly takes the cake.
    (And that ages the Scandinavian side to me.)

  4. marcos toledo on February 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Don’t they feed us this prole slop already at the fast food restaurants. As if we don’t have to eat the poisons they serve us already. Thou it would be a useful in long explorations here on Earth and in space and if used for good stop the waste of food due to transportation so maybe this technology might be good for us fingers cross.

  5. Lost on February 13, 2014 at 7:10 am

    An assembler of already existing food; that’s not like the TV show’s device.

  6. jedi on February 13, 2014 at 6:36 am

    then there is also sunshine from a star, and a seed….ancient technology…from stones..lol.

    Funny though, you add blood to mud and you get a brick, fire it up and you get a stone.

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