For my entire life, at least as far as I can remember, Star Trek has had them.
Later in life, Star Wars had them.
As an adult, I was made to believe I understood them. As much as fiction can make someone understand a technology that doesn’t exist.
When the aliens came in Independence Day, the shields on the wrong side almost spelled Mankind’s doom. But the tide may have turned. Force field technology is seemingly no longer in the future. At least as far as Boeing is concerned. They filed a patent on it.
Transporters, I hope, are soon to follow.
I hate traffic.