For generations science fiction writers have helped to shape the future with their imaginations. In his classic novel From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne wrote a fictional account of traveling to space nearly a century before it actually happened. What’s more, radar, geostationary satellites, and powerful computers that fit in your pocket were all once solely the domain of science fiction until a few visionary people took it upon themselves to bring them into reality.
Nevertheless, not every futuristic gadget or concept dreamt up by sci-fi writers is destined to be actualized. In fact, some of their notions are deliberately meant to be laughable. But be they plausible or preposterous, the 12 theoretical ideas presented here are undoubtedly some of the coolest ever conceived.
12. The Infinite Improbability Drive (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the infinite improbability drive is exalted as a wondrous new method for crossing interstellar distances in a very short time without all that tedious mucking about in hyperspace. It works by using an infinite improbability generator to move a group of atoms to infinite probability — allowing a spaceship to be everywhere simultaneously and instantly arrive at a point anywhere in the in the universe. And not just one universe. As the improbability drive reaches improbability, it passes through every conceivable point in every conceivable universe. Meaning that you might not even be the same life-form upon arrival at your destination.