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Whose tech is better: 'Star Trek' or 'Star Wars'?

It's a debate as old as fictional futuristic starships themselves: <a href='http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/29/star-trek-vs-star-wars-the-ultimate-showdown/'>"Star Trek" versus "Star Wars."</a> With "Star Trek Into Darkness" opening in theaters May 16 and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' birthday on May 14, we ask sci-fi-loving readers: Which franchise would win in an epic battle of futuristic technology? Click through and make your pick: It's a debate as old as fictional futuristic starships themselves: "Star Trek" versus "Star Wars." With "Star Trek Into Darkness" opening in theaters May 16 and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' birthday on May 14, we ask sci-fi-loving readers: Which franchise would win in an epic battle of futuristic technology? Click through and make your pick:
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Star Tech: Who would win in a fight?
Star Tech: Before you begin
Star Tech: Weapons
Star Tech: Ships
Star Tech: Biotech
Star Tech: Robotics
Star Tech: Gadgetry and daily life
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Star Trek Into Darkness" opens Thursday, and George Lucas' birthday was Tuesday
  • Eternal debate between "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" fans often involves future technologies
  • Which side speaks most to you? Click through the gallery and comment below

(CNN) -- Photon torpedoes and proton torpedoes. Warp speed and hyperspace.

Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" universes have quite a bit in common.

Still, there are also enough differences that the eternal franchise versus franchise debate still tends to unfold with all the fireworks of a big-budget action sequence.

With "Star Trek Into Darkness" coming out in a couple of days and George Lucas' birthday on Tuesday, May 14, we saw an opportunity to dive back into this neverending back-and-forth for clues about what lies in store for the tech world. And, in turn, we hope to look at what that says about us as humans.

New 'Star Trek' mission: Your questions!

We're asking you, the reader, to go through the gallery above and think about the technology in the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" universes. How are they different, and how are they the same? Which vision do you think would be most advantageous for the future of humanity and other alien races we may or may not befriend?

Read more about the 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' debate

To organize the discussion a bit, we broke up the analysis into five categories with overlap between the worlds: weapons, ships, biotech, robotics and everyday tools.

Perhaps it's no wonder the debate continues. Science fiction offers competing visions of what we as people might become. Nothing less than our future is at stake.

Take a look at each section and see what you think, and then let us know your perspective in the comments area below.

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