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Science fiction is the dream world where innovation comes out to play. Futuristic worlds are imagined and take shape without limits. Fans of the television series Star Trek will well remember the technology that made galactic travel seem completely plausible. ho doesn’t remember the trademark phrase “beam me up, Scotty” Besides being able to travel to planets in minutes, Captain Kirk routinely walked through unmanned doors that opened as if sensing his presence, the tri-corder was the world’s first flip phone, and computers that responded by voice commands was common place. Even Star Trek The Next Generation inspired technology with Dr. Crusher’s vital sign scanner. Just one swipe of her medical wand and she received a full report of her patient’s condition. Not completely there today but we do have the next best thing. Forehead thermometers that take temperatures non-evasively even when a child is sleeping. These thermometerswork by reading energy that comes from the forehead which is captured by a lens and converted to the proper temperature value. The device also performs a function check when it is enabled to make sure proper readings are produced. Remarkably this convenient invention can be purchased for as little as $30. Technological advances and society goes on unphased by the amazing leaps that are accomplished. Today we effortlessly live in the future great writers of the past dreamed of. They didn’t always get it right but their foresight inspired a whole host of scientists who are now making their dreams reality.