The impact of Star Trek on science and technology


I am a big fan of all things Star Trek and was thus intrigued by this article, which discusses the impact of this show on science, technology, and society. Some Star Trek-inspired technologies include:

  • Cloaking devices (first seen used by a Romulan ship)
  • Quantum teleportation
  • Medical devices similar to tricorders
  • Intelligent robots (similar to Data, with apologies to the application of ‘robot’ to his name)
  • 3D printers, which have some similarity to the meal replicators
  • And, of course, Star Trek’s emphasis on diversity, acceptance, peace over war and, above all, a love of space exploration.

Eleven IT skills in demand

In this post, Dawn Kawamoto discusses the eleven information technology skills that are most in demand:

  1. Big Data analytics
  2. Project management
  3. Business analytics
  4. Software development
  5. Enterprise architecture
  6. Technical architecture
  7. Security and resilience
  8. Change management
  9. IT strategy
  10. Mobile solutions
  11. Digital skills (not explained clearly)

While the emphasis in this article is understandably on information technology skills, it is to be hoped that these skills would be balanced with others in the organization with good information management skills, since all of these skills are data driven.


The value of data

The Data Forecast is a new column that is worth following, hosted on The Data Administration Newsletter website. The Data Forecast will explore how innovations are changing the world around us, and how data drives so much of it. We will look at cloud technologies, which are upending old paradigms. We will also observe history repeating itself and realize that the fundamental challenges are nothing new; it is simply the context that has changed. 

The value of data is simple: it is what a business does with a particular data insight versus what it does without that data insight. If data is not driving meaningful, measurable changes in behavior, then it provides at best no value—and  at worst—negative value.

There are 3 key ways that this value is measured:

  1. Increase Top Line Revenue
  2. Decrease Bottom Line Costs
  3. Mitigate Risk