Re: Technological Stagnation
I'd be happy with Phasers.
Flying Cars and Technology to make the blind see would both be kick ass second choices.
Do a google search, while hand lasers are out of the question in the next few decades, the tech is proliferating around the world. Germany, Russia, CHina, US all have battlefield lasers in heavy development.
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan