Tell me a secret.
May 23, 2009 3:42 PM Subscribe
posted by hpliferaft (30 comments total)
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Published speculation first appeared in 1911
, although others point to 1945
for its first modern phrasing. It originally looked like a flashlight on Star Trek
. In Star Wars
, it walked, talked, and was fluent "in over six million forms of communication."
Many narratives have just abandoned the idea entirely
have been quite limited in scope, but now it appears that the first learning, dynamic universal translator
has finally arrived
. And its futuristic aesthetic has been relegated to fiction in favor of a much more familiar object
Popularized artifacts have included a radio
, "a metal tube"
it?), a disc
, a stylish lapel pin (@ 1m14s)
, and, of course, a fish
. Many other inventions persist
Oh, and when the universe was much smaller
, it took a more prosaic form