"...keep in mind this is the race that built the Stargates. They did everything big."
Daniel Jackson

The technology of the Ancients is much more advanced than anything that the Tau'ri, other humans, the Goa'uld, and the Wraith have yet produced, and will most likely remain so for at least several centuries. Through access to their knowledge and technology, the Tau'ri have gained considerable ground in keeping several galaxies safe from terrible oppressors and enemies.


By the time they ascended, the Ancients had gathered more knowledge than any other race. Even now, that knowledge is far superior to that of the Tau'ri, the Goa'uld, and the Wraith. Only Ori technology, created with ascended knowledge, and the most recent Asgard technology can compare in certain respects. Noted for its massive redundancies and the extensive use of control crystals, Ancient technology is remarkably similar—in both appearance and function—to that of the Ori, as they both once lived together as one society: the Alterans. Ancient technology is also the most resilient ever seen, remaining intact for millions of years without even minor signs of deterioration or degradation of performance.

Of all their technological creations the Stargates are their most famous, but they have developed devices as diverse as flying cities, advanced healing devices, beaming technology, zero-point power sources, long-range communication devices, seek-and-destroy projectiles, and genetic manipulation devices. Much of their weapons technology was designed and used during their century-long war with the Wraith in the Pegasus Galaxy. After returning to the Milky Way, however, the Ancients had no further need for either weapons or shields (as their only potential enemies were the far inferior Goa'uld), which became somewhat lacking when compared to other technologies created during this time.

As a safeguard, most Ancient technology requires the presence of a special gene to use, but in a large number of instances this gene is only required to activate it. In such cases, once active anyone can use the technology, regardless of whether or not they possess the gene. The only known instances where the ATA gene is required for continuous use is in important and potentially dangerous technologies (most notably the control chair, which requires the continuous presence of the gene to even remain active).

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