A Momentary Flow

Updating Worldviews one World at a time

Destination Star Trek London has kicked off at the ExCeL exhibition centre, and I’m willing to bet that among those heading down for a weekend of pointy-eared fun, there’ll be a high proportion of scientists and engineers. Many have been inspired by Star Trek to take up a career in science, technology or engineering. I think the franchise deserves more respect as a science popularisation medium – how many other prime-time TV shows would allow their characters to toss out phrases like “I performed a Fourier analysis on the harmonics, Captain”? Since its inception in 1966, Star Trek has familiarised us with the lingo and applications of science. At least, that was the case for me. I felt pretty disenfranchised from science at school: it wasn’t until I discovered science fiction that I realised I could understand “difficult” technical concepts. Since the show began, many of us have become more tech-savvy than we could possibly have imagined at school. More than that, we’re now seeing emergent technology here on Earth that was once little more than a Star Trek scriptwriter’s dream. To get you in the mood for this weekend’s festivities, here’s a roundup of some of the best Star Trek-inspired technology. (via Star Trek technology: how 21st century scientists are making it so | Corrinne Burns | Science | guardian.co.uk)

Destination Star Trek London has kicked off at the ExCeL exhibition centre, and I’m willing to bet that among those heading down for a weekend of pointy-eared fun, there’ll be a high proportion of scientists and engineers. Many have been inspired by Star Trek to take up a career in science, technology or engineering. I think the franchise deserves more respect as a science popularisation medium – how many other prime-time TV shows would allow their characters to toss out phrases like “I performed a Fourier analysis on the harmonics, Captain”? Since its inception in 1966, Star Trek has familiarised us with the lingo and applications of science. At least, that was the case for me. I felt pretty disenfranchised from science at school: it wasn’t until I discovered science fiction that I realised I could understand “difficult” technical concepts. Since the show began, many of us have become more tech-savvy than we could possibly have imagined at school. More than that, we’re now seeing emergent technology here on Earth that was once little more than a Star Trek scriptwriter’s dream. To get you in the mood for this weekend’s festivities, here’s a roundup of some of the best Star Trek-inspired technology. (via Star Trek technology: how 21st century scientists are making it so | Corrinne Burns | Science | guardian.co.uk)

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