Will Star Trek Technology Take us Where No Man Has Been Before?
When the original Star Trek series was first aired, it offered a different perspective on the future than any we had seen before, certainly with regards to science and technology. Fans of Star Trek and tech enthusiasts alike have long been interested to see whether the show’s innovations will come to exist in the real world.
While much of the technology may not be available just yet, fans will always be able to play make-believe, whether through watching the shows, attending conventions, or playing games. Video games are popular among sci-fi fans, through platforms such as X-Box and Playstation, and their incredibly popular range of Star Trek titles. There are also a number of slot games based on the popular sci-fi franchise, and the popularity of these games is on the rise in a highly competitive market, with gamers often offered the opportunity to use bonuses in order to play.
With one eye back on the future, let’s look at three technologies in the Star Trek universe that may just be on their way to bringing the future to reality.
The VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement) can transmit external visual data to a person’s mind, as well as reveal to him a vision beyond what the human eye is capable of seeing.
But will the visor become a reality? By calculating a way of transmitting the external data that the world provides to the brain’s visual cortex, it isn’t at all out of the realms of possibility to image that we’ll be able to map electromagnetic data outside of the visual range into false colour, which would enable humans to see it.
Efforts to implement a universal language have proven unsuccessful thus far. We have never seen, in fact, any point in history where most of the world’s population have been even marginally literate or fluent in the most commonly used languages, such as English, Mandarin, or French.
The translator was a tiny device that was either clipped on to clothing or came with a display and keyboard attached to a communicator. Known languages were programmed into the communicator.
The universal translator combines two emerging technologies: an accurate translation programme and natural language processing. Neither were available when Star Trek was originally conceived. While modern-day universal-translator technology is limited to translating known languages, it’s already close to the capabilities seen in Star Trek, hundreds of years before schedule.
The tricorder on Star Trek was a large, boxy object that carried out various functions and was a vital tool among medical and science personnel.
A doctor can scan a tricorder over a patient’s body, or even over a particular body part, if closer examination is needed, and can then noninvasively, remotely, and instantaneously learn vast amounts of data. How has the patient’s DNA changed since his last scan? What are his vital signs? What traumas or injuries has he suffered? The tricorder shows everything efficiently and immediately.
It’s feasible to imagine that, should the current rate of technological advancement continue, we will see tricorders in widespread use by the 2030s. Google X have already put plans in motion, and this is likely to have a remarkable effect on the world of medicine and will likely save an incredible number of lives, particularly at the scene of an accident.