To make sci-fi stories work, the writers often have to add completely arbitrary and pointless limitations to whatever futuristic technology is used. In the process, they sometimes wind up giving the people of the distant future gear that doesn't even work as well as ours does in the present.

6 Technologies Conspicuously Absent from Sci-Fi Movies
To make sci-fi stories work, the writers often have to add completely arbitrary and pointless limitations to whatever futuristic technology turns up. But in the name of plot and drama, they sometimes wind up giving the people of the distant future gear that doesn’t even work as well as ours does now, in the boring old present.

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