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.

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