What Star Wars tech will be real in the future?

What tech from Star Wars is most likely to be real in the future?

C-3PO. We're going to have robots we talk to, robots we befriend. Probably won't do all the things that 3P0 does, but a lot of them.


Artificial gravity or light speed travel. What comes first?

Definitely artificial gravity, because nothing can go as fast as light except light. At least there's some chance of artificial gravity.

How close are we to privatize space exploration?

Super close, actually. This is an area where I feel like really smart people are making a lot of progress.

What color would your lightsaber be?

I have no idea. But Obi-Wan's lightsaber in that fight with Darth in the first one was blue. So, if I could choose, I guess, blue.

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