Canadian space program astronaut Chris Hadfield recently started at a multi-month stay on the International Space Station, and is tweeting daily about the experience and sharing pictures of both Canada and other parts of the world. He recently gained some attention that has been very funny in the Twitterverse: cbc.ca story
(note: all of these Twitter accounts are verified to be who they say they are)
@WilliamShatner: @Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB
@Cmdr_Hadfield: @WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface.
@GeorgeTakei: @Cmdr_Hadfield I'm fine with beaming down with the away team, as long as I don't have to wear the red shirt.
(MBB stands for "My best, Bill", and is how Shatner ends most of his tweets) -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
@wilw: @Cmdr_Hadfield If you get into trouble with nanites while you're in orbit, I know a guy who can help you contain them. He has experience.
@Cmdr_Hadfield: @wilw Wesley, we've talked about you being on the bridge. I believe you're needed in Engineering. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
Lets be honest, Star Trek has been one of the most important shows ever as it asked people to suspend their beliefs, open their imaginations and then ask themselves, why not? You ask almost any leading scientist, they will tell you Star Trek was an important influence on their decision to pursue science. It really was the first show where being a science geek was portrayed in a favorable way. To bad far too many shows today take the easy way out and go for cheap sex rather then portraying careers or such in favorable ways to encourage people to chase their ambition and dreams.
Obviously Star Trek had a positive influence on Command Hadfield.
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You ask almost any leading scientist, they will tell you Star Trek was an important influence on their decision to pursue science.
Star Trek may have been an innovative and influential show, but holy hyperbole, Batman! "Almost any leading scientist"?
And let's face it, while some cell phones were produced that looked like "communicators", 99% of Star Trek "science" was pretty silly. I sure hope no one went in to science hoping to develop that stuff! Even some of the spin-off shows made a slightly more serious effort at semi-plausible science.
The Star Trek references with Hadfield, especially the tweets from "Captain Kirk", are pretty funny, though.
quote:"When I designed the UI (user interface) for the Palm OS back in '93, my first sketches were influenced by the UI of the Enterprise bridge panels," said Rob Haitani, product design architect for Palm-One Inc., the Milpitas firm that makes the popular handheld personal computers.
quote:Though some people may think it's just a coincidence that Captain Kirk's original walkie talkie looks like clamshell cell phones, the acknowledged inventor of the cell phone, Martin Cooper says it's not just an accident. Cooper says that Starfleet's flip top talking device was the inspiration when he made the first cell phone call in 1973.
quote:Marc Rayman, chief propulsion engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, cites the original Star Trek series for creating his interest in propulsion technology, and Trek fan Ed Roberts, no doubt influenced by the show's personal approach to computers, invented the first home computer, the Altair 8800, which he named after the fictional solar system Altair Six from a Trek episode
quote:Devices depicted in Star Trek have long influenced and inspired engineers and scientists to recreate the space-age technology in real life. Recent technology reminiscent of Star Trek devices include flip-style cellphones, laser weapons, wireless earpieces and touchscreen tablet computers.
These are just some samples. Is there any other TV show which has done more to create the world in which you now live?
NO TV show has done anything much technologically to "create the world in which we live".
The examples you cite are ridiculous. There's always going to be some resemblance between what the writers of futuristic TV shows grapple with in their scripts and potential future technology, like the "nanites" in some of the Star Trek sequels, which vaguely almost make sense. Does that mean that Star Trek sequels "invented" nanotechnology, too? No, all it means is that the writers talked to some actual scientists over lunch. And then made some half-assed effort to work some kind of "science" into the script. You mostly have the effect backwards.
And BTW, the laser was based on the microwave "MASER" from the early fifties, first proposed as an optical device a few years later, and actually operational half a decade before Star Trek was even conceived. The guy that "invented the first home computer"? Bullshit. The genesis of the PC, the LAN, and just about everything we use today occurred at Xerox PARC under the guidance of actual scientists, not Trekkies building hobby kits.
"Clamshell phones", yes, I already said those were inspired by Star Trek. Not exactly "technology", though. I'm surprised you didn't come up with "teleportation" as another example of something that supposedly exists, which is actually a great example of not understanding the difference between actual science and science fiction.
Star Trek was just a show that gathered a cult following, with a lot of silly plots, some bad acting, and mostly ridiculous science. As a kid, I still liked to watch it, though. -- "The promoters of the global economy see nothing odd or difficult about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited world." Wendell Berry
It's worth pointing out that a precursor to Star Trek -- "Captain Video" -- also changed the world we live in. Captain Video invented the laser, the rocket ship, space travel, radio communications, computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics -- who can forget TOBOR the Robot -- they got the idea of "robot" spelled backwards when someone stenciled the name on TOBOR's aluminum foil covered cardboard box with the stencil accidentally wrong side up. And of course they also invented encryption by introducing the first Secret Decoder Ring, not to mention the world's worst special effects, because the Dumont Network had almost no budget at the time.
The inventors, engineers and scientists presented in the documentary weren't inspired by Captain Video.
I especially loved Martin Cooper's presentation of the mobile phone. He was a bit embarrassed presenting his mammoth "Brick". Man, that thing was huge! And there were even bigger models back then with a separate battery pack!
Unfortunately, with today's smartphones, we're starting to migrate back to "bigger". How long before we have bricks in our pockets once again? -- Watch my future television channel's public test broadcast! »thecanadianpublic.com/live
Did you miss my sarcasm? The video was mostly an intentional self-deprecating joke, and the only real difference between Captain Video and Star Trek was the budget.
Hey, I watched it as a kid. We didn't have a colour TV yet when it first came out, and I would have given my right arm to have been able to watch Star Trek in colour in the 60's. My only issue is with glorifying it beyond what it really was, and taking this thing as any kind of serious contribution to anything, especially real science. I once visited a Star Trek set with many of the original props, and up close they looked just as chintzy and ridiculous as anything from Captain Video. I was inspired to science by a natural curiosity about the universe, not from watching William Shatner overact. -- "The promoters of the global economy see nothing odd or difficult about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited world." Wendell Berry
This could have been an awesome thread, if one person didn't decide to crap all over it.
It still can be!
He is tweeting like every 2 hours, even responding to say hello to a young future scientist!
With 1st world nations teetering on the edge of insolvency, the Space Program is under scrutiny like never before is the bad news, the great news is Scientists, Astronauts and passionate advocates like Bill Nye the Planetary Guy have refused to play defense and came out swinging for the stars. Elon Musk and his grasshopper concept are a just in time approach we need to keep the dream real, I'm rooting for this private enterprise approach to help inspire the next crop of bright individuals and give them an alternative to writing high frequency trading algorithms for Wall St. -- »libertarian.on.ca/
Star Trek INSPIRED a lot of students to become scientists and to come up with good ideas when implementing new technology. Too bad there aren't more inspiring TV shows on today to get young students interested in a science career. -- A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.
As pointed out in the video "How William Shatner Changed The World" that I've posted earlier, technology has evolved so fast during the last few years, even the Star Trek writers of the TNG and subsequent series were having trouble conceiving new and credible technology. The Holodeck is the only gadget I can think of from the later shows that had any future potential. Everything else is pretty much recycled stuff. The same goes for other sci-fi movies and TV shows out there.
We have Hadfield Tweeting from space! With pictures!!! Now while I'm not entirely sure if this is entirely legitimate or simply being done via a proxy user on Earth, it wouldn't require that much more technology at this stage for him to start making Skype video calls from orbit!
All we need now is a more efficient propulsion system (gotta keep working on ion propulsion), and we could get Hadfield's ass to Mars. -- Watch my future television channel's public test broadcast! »thecanadianpublic.com/live
This is only periphally related to Hadfield in that Canadians on the space station are mentioned, but if a petition to the White House gets 25,000 signatures, it gets a response. There was a petition for the White House to build a Death Star. It got more than 34,000 signatures. So the White House responded and I just about peed myself.