If Star Trek Was Made Today

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Smellincoffee, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Smellincoffee

    Smellincoffee Commodore Commodore

    May 20, 2005
    Heart of Dixie
    The original Star Trek was genuinely predictive, simultaneously exploring social issues while offering glimpses of what the future might be liked based on both pure imagination and observance of the day's technological trends. So, we saw smaller computers, ones that responded to vocal commands, versatile communication and hand-held tools, and matter replicators. All of these have been created today, with the exception of tricorders and pure-energy replicators, but we live in a Star Trek world. We interact with our devices more intuitively than did the Star Trek crewman -- zooming and swiping with fingers -- even if vocal commands aren't quite as sophisticated as that of the Enterprise's. Through sources like youtube and Wikipedia, we can pull up varied content on virtually any subject we wish. Who needs the Enterprise databanks when we have the distributed network of the internet to draw on?

    So, if a show like Star Trek were to debut today -- not an action movie in space, but one that had time and content enough to explore issues -- what technological envelope would it push? I think artificial intelligence and robotics would be much more addressed in a show created today, for instance. We've already seen that in movies like Her.
  2. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    I think they might differentiate aliens from humans a lot more to make true understanding between civilizations more difficult.

    Technology-wise I don't think they'd double down on comfort like TNG did so much in the vein of excessive comfort seen as a criticism, lest Trek become a satire of modernity (See: WALL-E).

    I agree on the focus on AI. Maybe they could have AI led squadrons of fighters that fight nonlethally.
  3. Kor

    Kor Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    Dahar Master final exams
    The computer would be more like Jarvis in the "Iron Man" movies.

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