William Shatner Claims Star Trek Technology Is "Not That Far-Fetched"

Monday, 25 April 2016 - 2:06PM
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Monday, 25 April 2016 - 2:06PM
William Shatner Claims Star Trek Technology Is "Not That Far-Fetched"
Star Trek is known for predicting and inspiring real-life technologies, from the everyday tech like the cellphone and Siri to Holodeck-esque advancements in virtual reality. Now, Captain Kirk himself is weighing in on the science behind the iconic sci-fi franchise, and claims that none of the tech seen on the show is completely out of reach.

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"It's not that far-fetched," Shatner said on a panel at the Smithsonian magazine's "Future Is Here" festival (via EW). "Although a lot of the concepts in science fiction are absurd to our Newtonian minds, anything is possible because of the new language of quantum physics."
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He used the example of the Enterprise itself, which hasn't exactly come to fruition complete with a warp drive, but served as the inspiration for bonafide military vessels:

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"The Navy did come in and look at some of the ergonomics of the bridge, and apparently copied it," he said. "A captain of a vessel not too long ago [said] some of the bridge stuff on his ship was designed after what our designers had [done]."
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But on an even more speculative note, he claimed that human teleportation, arguably the most ambitious innovation seen on the show, isn't necessarily impossible:
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"Can you transport all the molecules in a human being? Apparently, it's impossible. Can you transport a replica of that person? Possible, but the amount of computer energy and space is overwhelming," Shatner said.
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Scientists are already able to teleport quantum information, but many researchers are dubious that we'll ever be able to teleport a living organism without killing it (some philosophers have gone so far as to say the Transporter is a "suicide box"). But some theorists are optimistic that one day we'll be able to say "Beam me up, Scotty" and mean it, so we should at least remain open to the idea. And at the very least, Star Trek will continue to inspire real-life scientific curiosity and innovation, as seen in the most recent NASA initiative for young engineers.
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