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.