What are scientists of the Star Trek universe working on if anything?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Maximum7, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Samuel

    Samuel Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2017
    A better vetting system for those who attain the rank of admiral in Starfleet?
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  2. Samuel

    Samuel Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2017
    By the way, not exactly on topic but has anyone ever read the short story "Commandoes"? Don't remember the author. It takes place in an advanced society on Earth where everyone gets around by teleportation and almost all goods and services are sent via teleportation.

    It begins at the World Cup where someone hacks the global teleportation system and apparently kills both ball teams at the end of the game along with hundreds of spectators. What follows is a mad scramble to find the villains before all of society comes crashing down. As cities requiring millions of tons of supplies each day can no longer depend on the teleport system.
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  3. suarezguy

    suarezguy Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 9, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    Presumably they're trying to improve warp drive so its emissions don't damage space. They didn't succeed for 5 years, at least that we heard of, maybe doing so was too controversial or just not feasible.
  4. E-DUB

    E-DUB Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Oct 28, 2011
    Things you wouldn't understand. Seriously, I've thought about the concept of "no new worlds to conquer" in relation to Trek for a while. Oh, they may improve existing gadgetry, but fundamental breakthroughs may be eluding them which could result in a "steady state" society.
  5. USS Triumphant

    USS Triumphant Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 29, 2008
    Go ahead, caller. I'm listening...
    Turned out, the Klingons didn't have the same problem. They studied why, figured it out, and cleared that problem up a lot quicker than anyone expected.

    ^ I have NO idea where I'm remembering that from. But I didn't make it up. Which doesn't mean it wasn't another poster here. ;)
  6. Samuel

    Samuel Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2017
    Well the 24th century era humans have obtained a lot of knowledge from races like the Cytherians (The Nth Degree). IIRC Picard said it would take DECADES for the Federation to examine all the information they were provided. So obviously analyzing and applying that would take a long time. First up would be the Cytherians ability to transport starships such great distances and as Barkley did, radically increase the power of a starships shield systems.
  7. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain

    But they have to find a use for the element Explodium if not consoles what? ;)
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  8. Tim Walker

    Tim Walker Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Aug 8, 2014
    Three inventions still elude the Federation's grasp: circuit breakers, seat belts, and a better mouse trap.
  9. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    the grimdark bluniverse
    They did invent seat belts in the Kelvin timeline. #betterfuture
  10. sumbuddyx

    sumbuddyx Captain Captain

    Nov 14, 2014
    Chroniton food supplements.
    Portable memory erasers.
    Hard light holographic clothing.
    Liquiformable/morphogenic pharmaceuticals.
  11. SharkD

    SharkD Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Feb 1, 2008
    I suppose modern science improved a lot of people's lives in the 20th century. But before that and since then "quality of life" has stagnated IMO unless you count entertainment, vanity gadgets and so forth. In the US at least, people are living longer but quality of life has not improved.
  12. Tenacity

    Tenacity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2016
    Holding people in the transporter buffer during interstellar travel.

    Think of all the trouble that would be avoided if passagers were beamed up only as far as the pattern buffer, held there during the journey, then beamed down to their destination.

    Never actually setting foot on the ship.
  13. Butters

    Butters Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 18, 2008
    The Summerland
    Hacking the Q continuum I'd imagine.

    Figuring out how to repeat the Traveller's warp experiments and send a probe to the end/beginning of the universe, and unravel the interchangeable properties of thought/time/matter/energy and incorporate it in the next iPhone.

    Delve in to the sub-subatomic realm that Kes described to Tuvok would list highly I imagine.
  14. fireproof78

    fireproof78 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 11, 2014
    And communication.
  15. MrPointy

    MrPointy Captain Captain

    Nov 2, 2006
    Darwin, NT
    Ways to go faster.

    The one thing the Federation is always trying to do is find a way to travel faster than what their standard warp drive currently allows. If they could harness the Chaos Emeralds from Sonic The Hedgehog, they'd probably do something with that.
  16. matthunter

    matthunter Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 17, 2004
    Great Britain
    Stable slipstream drive or transwarp networks.

    Replicating the Doctor's mobile emitter and/or recreating Soong's work.

    Time travel without slingshot.

    Investigations of the Q Continuum - highly esoteric and prone to disruption by the study species.

    Recipe for the ultimate jambalaya, Madras curry and perfect blend of vodka, whiskey and bloodwine to make a warrior's drink that would cause Odin to shit his guts out.
  17. STR

    STR Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 27, 2009
    Out there. Thatta way.
    Because "post scarcity" is effectively a requirement for a world with "no money". It doesn't mean there's zero needs, it just means most people don't have material limitations. Limitless energy feeds replicators which feed you. Closed, sustainable loop with no additional inputs.

    The fact that starship fuel (or the regulator thereof) is precious and hard to find is largely immaterial for most people on Earth. That's a galactic 1%er problem, like finding the right marina for your superyacht.
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  18. MrPointy

    MrPointy Captain Captain

    Nov 2, 2006
    Darwin, NT
    Trying to solve Fermat's Last Theorem.
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  19. at Quark's

    at Quark's Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 15, 2012
    It's not just the Federation. Societies significantly more advanced technologically than their own also lacked certain things we'd consider basic. The Borg seemingly never assimilated firewalls. Apparently, the notion of a boot sector program (or virus) was unknown to the Iconians. And so on...
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  20. Shawnster

    Shawnster Commodore Commodore

    Jul 28, 2008
    Clinton, OH
    Dr. Richard Daystrom was a computer scientist working on the next generation of multitronic computers. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Daystrom

    Dr. Paul Stubbs was an astrophysicist who studied the affects of a neutron star/red giant star binary system. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Paul_Stubbs

    Lenara Kahn was a scientist studying how to create artificial wormholes. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Lenara_Kahn

    Dr. Noonian Soong and Bruce Maddox were both cyberneticists working on advanced artificial lifeforms and AI. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Bruce_Maddox

    Just a few examples of Federation scientists and what they are or were working on.