"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
This is the future of martial arts training:
Compare this technological aid to training to the traditional "mechanical" aids used for centuries, like the (usually wooden) mook jong, muk yang jong or spinning Wing Chun dummies. When the novice strikes one of the projecting arms, the dummy spins, appearing to strike back with other projecting arms.
(Seeker remote from Star Wars)
Also, compare this item with the training device used by the young Paul Atreides in Dune - the fencing mirror. You might also be interested in something similar that NASA is building for use inside space stations and spacecraft - the Personal Satellite Assistant.
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