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How we're fast catching up with Star Trek- VIVEK WADHWA

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Started by Mary Wootton 09 Jul 2014 3:27pm () Replies (1)

I read this in the paper (not online) Dominon Post, Monday 7th July, and it made me think. I thought it might be useful to promote discussion with others.

How we're fast catching up with Star Trek- VIVEK WADHWA

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/60130535/how-were-fast-catching-up-with-star-trek

Introduction only- click link for full article

In a distant part of the galaxy, 300 years in the future, Starship Enterprise Captain James T Kirk talks to his crew via a communicator; has his medical officer assess medical conditions through a handheld device called a tricorder; synthesises food and physical goods using his replicator; and travels short distances via a transporter. Kirk's successors hold meetings in virtual-reality chambers, called holodecks, and operate alien spacecraft using displays mounted on their foreheads. All this takes place in the TV series Star Trek, and is of course science fiction.

This science fiction is, however, becoming science reality. Many of the technologies that we saw in Star Trek are beginning to materialise, and ours may be better than Starfleet's. Best of all, we won't have to wait 300 years.

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