"We're about 20 minutes away from the point where Clarke's law kicks in and technology becomes indistinguishable from magic."
When you've gone back in time, snatched people from an aircraft that will crash in minutes, and want to obtain physical duplicates ("wimps") that are so close to the original that the difference can't be detected, and then send them back to the crashing aircraft, you'll need one of these.
Compare the experience of Louise Baltimore, time-traveler, with the experience of the fish in the demonstration of the AutoFish sorting system, shown below.
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