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STO In The Far Future

Captain's Blog Stardate 91599.58

So I had a very interesting thought the other day. Let's examine Star Trek for a moment. It's a franchise that started off with the original series and has grown in something that seems to have taken on a life of its own. It's beloved by people everywhere. There are those who are die-hard fans and others who enjoy an episode every now and then. Either way it's become very popular.

Now let's skip to something else. You'll see how this connects in a moment. Starting with TNG we saw the holodeck being heavily used by the characters to run simulations, play through stories, relax, strategize, and so much more. I'd go as far as saying that it's one of the most popular pieces of technology in Star trek that we'd like to have.

This leads me to my enter point. If Star Trek continues being possible for generations to come, then it's only a matter of time before science develops real holodecks. Do you think people will one day load data from every TNG episode, for example, into a holodeck to develop character profiles and then literally join the crew of the Enterprise in an adventure? Just thinking about the possibility gets me excited.

Let's take that a step farther. What if MMOs like STO are played on holodecks? Imagine being your own avatar in a game like STO. You travel the universe, you beam down, you meet other races, etc. all inside a virtual environment like STO. Characters such as Kirk, Picard, Janeway, etc. could be programmed into this game and you would actually get to meet them.

I know I'm dreaming big, but I believe the possibility exists; it's just a matter of discovering how to do it. We won't see it in our lifetime, and probably neither will our grandchildren, but one day it might happen. What are your thoughts on this?

Written by Attilio on December 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm


TacPaddy (Member) said...
December 30, 2013 at 09:27 am

The Holodeck is actually close to come into existence. Michio Kaku gave it some serious thought:

If such an invention would become available, you could bet on me using it. :)

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
December 30, 2013 at 02:52 pm

What impressed me most was those catoms (however they're spelled). Overall it's not a perfect design since we can't create an actual holodeck yet, but close enough.

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Wonvertu (Member) said...
December 30, 2013 at 03:09 pm

Wonder how much the home installation will cost?

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AndrewKoldwell (Guest) said...
December 30, 2013 at 03:12 pm

This is a good example of life imitating art, which then creates art to imitate the life, which further influences life, which then continues more art.

Fun process. IMHO (with no experience or background in related fields) a shared VR is likely more practical than a whole room holodeck. Maybe we can get a brain simulator in the helmet that allows touch, smell, taste sensations as well. This is probably cheaper than force field generators and would allow the same full experience.

Hope this is constructive feedback. Not sure I understood the point of the post, but it is a fun cycle to think about.

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Sid (Guest) said...
December 31, 2013 at 08:18 am

You never know what will happen in the near future????
When the original series first use communicators we were amazed, yet look at today we are all using them :)

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Wonvertu (Member) replied...
December 31, 2013 at 03:11 pm

Well close in someways and way beyond in others. We have the range that communicators do, but we have a heckuva lot more "gadget" bits on the phones than expected.

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