21 March 2010 1 Comment
Back in 2006 I attended the Star Trek exhibition at the London Science Museum (here’s a photo of part of the exhibit).
It wasn’t just some nerdy event (!) but also a way of demonstrating how far we have come in meeting the challenges of creating the kind of Science Fiction tech that we see in Star Trek. At the time it was pretty impressive, from the medical through to communication and analysis tech we had come a long way. However the world has moved forward since then obeying Moores Law quite accurately.
I was therefore interested last week to see that they now invented a ‘cloaking device’ - the first step on the path to a 3-D invisibility cloak. Cool. So here are some others…
Start Trek Equivalent
1. “Phaser to Stun” Tazer
2. “Phaser to Kill” Laser guided weapons
3. ”Communicator” Mobile phone
4. ”Tricorder” Mobile Phone or PDA
(possibly with Sciencescope attachments)
5. “Medical Tricorder” MRI scanner
6. Holodeck 3-D holographic projection
(immersion suits, immersive VR environments)
7. Replicator Replicator (3-D) Printers
8. Universal Translater iPhone app
or Phraselator (U.S. Military tech)
9. Scalpel Free surgery Laser surgery
10. Jordy’s visor digital cameras and
tongue devices help blind see.
11. Communicator earpiece Bluetooth headset
12. Force Field Plasma bubble
We live now in the world inspired by the Science Fiction depicted in the early Star Trek. I hope however that as we ‘boldly go’ forward we continue to explore the macro as well as the micro and to be pushing outwards as well as exploring the inward workings of our world. I worry that we’re using technology as a crutch for everyday living rather than as tools to project us to new and rewarding (off world?) experiences.