Why technology & science progress slow / slower than sci-fi?

In summary, while in reality technology & science progress slowly, science fiction (sci-fi) is still much more cool / cooler than reality.
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In science fiction (sci-fi), everything seems to be much more 'cool' / cooler than in reality.

Space travel (like Interstellar), teleport / teleportation, time travel / time machine, going to another planet / another dimensions / another universes, cell regeneration even to the point of Immortality, artificial intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) in a much more cool / cooler ways than in reality, flying cars, artificial evolution like in mutants / mutation creations that create 'cool' characters / evolution, etc etc.

While here in reality, technology & science progress slow.
Sure, to be fair, I do understand that compared to even one hundred years ago, our technology & science have indeed progress exponentially / multiply.
But yet, to be very honest, they are still pale compared to science-fiction (sci-fi) world & technology science.
Science fictions (sci fi) is still much more cool / cooler than science in reality.

So why is technology & science progress slowly in reality?

Is it because of politics? Money? or Human's stupidity?
 
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Money?
Yes. Too much of it goes into sci-fi instead of actual science, hence the imbalance.
 
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nikiwonoto said:
In science fiction (sci-fi), everything seems to be much more 'cool' / cooler than in reality.

Space travel (like Interstellar), teleport / teleportation, time travel / time machine, going to another planet / another dimensions / another universes, cell regeneration even to the point of Immortality, artificial intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) in a much more cool / cooler ways than in reality, flying cars, artificial evolution like in mutants / mutation creations that create 'cool' characters / evolution, etc etc.

While here in reality, technology & science progress slow.
Sure, to be fair, I do understand that compared to even one hundred years ago, our technology & science have indeed progress exponentially / multiply.
But yet, to be very honest, they are still pale compared to science-fiction (sci-fi) world & technology science.
Science fictions (sci fi) is still much more cool / cooler than science in reality.

So why is technology & science progress slowly in reality?

Is it because of politics? Money? or Human's stupidity?

Because you really have to do it! It only takes 10 seconds to make something up and write it down, but there's no limit to how long it might take to achieve in reality, even if it is possible.
 
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Related to Why technology & science progress slow / slower than sci-fi?

1. Why does technology and science progress slower than what is depicted in science fiction?

Science fiction is based on imagination and speculation, while technology and science progress is grounded in reality and the laws of physics. It takes time for scientists and engineers to develop, test, and perfect new technologies, which can be hindered by limitations in resources, funding, and ethical considerations. Additionally, science fiction often portrays advancements in a simplified and exaggerated manner, while real progress is often incremental and complex.

2. Are there any specific factors that contribute to the slower pace of progress in technology and science?

Yes, there are several factors that can contribute to the slower pace of progress in technology and science. These include the complexity and unpredictability of scientific research, limited resources and funding for research and development, and ethical considerations surrounding certain advancements. Additionally, societal and cultural attitudes towards science and technology can also impact the pace of progress.

3. Can society influence the rate of progress in technology and science?

Yes, society can have a significant influence on the rate of progress in technology and science. This can occur through funding and support for research, as well as through societal attitudes and values towards certain advancements. For example, public concerns about the ethical implications of certain technologies may lead to stricter regulations and slower progress in those areas.

4. How do scientific and technological advancements in the real world compare to those depicted in science fiction?

While science fiction often portrays rapid and revolutionary advancements, the reality is that progress in technology and science is often slower and more incremental. However, this does not mean that real-world advancements are any less significant. Many technologies that were once considered science fiction, such as smartphones and virtual reality, have become a reality in a relatively short period of time.

5. Is it possible for technology and science to catch up to the advancements depicted in science fiction?

While it is impossible to predict the future, it is unlikely that technology and science will ever progress at the same pace as depicted in science fiction. However, this does not mean that significant advancements will not continue to be made. With continued research, funding, and innovation, it is possible that we will see groundbreaking technologies and scientific discoveries in the future that may seem like science fiction today.

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