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Barbie Are Celebrating The 50th Birthday of Star Trek…

… by boldly going where no Barbie has gone before. You can check out and purchase (should you desire) the special Lt. Uhura, Spock and Kirk dolls from here.

Barbie - Star Trek

As you can see from the screengrab Bones, Scotty, Sulu & Chekov are sadly missing but there are other pop culture collections too. Of course none have the cachet of TOS.

Warning: do not surf to the above page with children lurking around your computer screen 😉

Lt Uhura. So What?

Whilst many will either see this as just another merchandising venture, for Star Trek to reach 50 years and still be rebooting movies, spinning off new TV series and more is an incredible testament to what Gene Roddenberry created.

 

All this aside, Lt Uhura and the show as a whole, broke social and futurist ground 50 years ago with a female Communications Officer aboard the USS Enterprise. Lt Uhura was basically the mother of the bluetooth headset and smashed racial barriers on primetime TV with her and Captain Kirk’s onscreen kiss.

Barbie - Star Trek - Lt Uhura

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All the lead characters of Star Trek TOS and subsequent shows have had a huge impact on individuals and how we conceptualize tech and innovate. Flip phones, space exploration and more owe a huge hat-tip to Star Trek and no doubt this will continue to be so.

Should you consider all the Star Trek 50 years collectibles an investment? I’m not sure but if you do buy all these from Barbie, make sure you hide them away in pristine, boxed condition from your kids.

Live long and prosper.

How Can Leonard Nimoy Get Us To Mars?

Some context, I have spent the past few weeks researching blog posts on Windows10, a follow-up post to how the Messaging App niche is exploding and another testing post.

I switched on my phone this evening at the end of the Jewish Shabbat to see that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. Like many people of my generation, he was an actor who inspired us onscreen and off.

Leonard Nimoy - Spock

Most famous for his performance on Star Trek as Mr. Spock, the Vulcan science officer whose cold logic and wry tone were the perfect counterfoil to Captain James T. Kirk who both on small and large screen won the day with his passion, ability to woo alien ladies and his illogical way of defeating the odds.

Nimoy made science cool and taught the layman that space was not just going to be won by the lantern jawed heroes but by fact, logic and science too.

Thinking about all this led me to some interesting conclusions about various tech news over the past weeks.

Connections That Lead To Space, The Final Frontier…

Microsoft announced Windows10 several weeks ago and with it the astounding Hololens, the innovative holographic, interactive headset poised to change the world of computing as we know it.

Leonard Nimoy - Microsoft Hololens

Image courtesy of Microsoft Hololens Site

Meanwhile, Microsoft and NASA announced collaboration on building an app for Hololens to aid in exploration of Mars.

Leonard Nimoy - Mars Onsight app

The app will be called OnSight and will allow NASA scientists to interact holographically with the Mars Rover according to CNET.

All this is incredibly cool and will reduce the massive overhead and technical challenges with delivering astronauts to Mars surface in the immediate future. However, the problem of Space travel and exploration has always been that so few were able to dream let alone attain this incredible adventure.

This is where current Space travel fell so far short of the ideas we saw in Star Trek of fleets of starships venturing forth to the stars exploring and discovering new worlds and whilst the incredible scientific discoveries and advances due to Space travel can be found in almost every field, most people feel a huge disconnect from the ROI of going into space.

Where Does Elon Musk Fit Into All This?

Along comes Elon Musk and suggests that the key to successful exploration of Mars is internet that reaches all of Mars and back to Earth.

Leonard Nimoy - Elon Musk Mars Internet

Image courtesy of Phys.org post linked above

There is a lot of truth to Musk’s hypothesis and given his ideas on other subjects, I’d bet on him.

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That said, Mars Internet is the solution to allowing many more of us to fully embrace Space travel and specifically Mars Exploration; if this works in concert with Microsoft Hololens and NASA’s OnSight App.

Imagine if any Hololens owner with NASA’s app can connect using Elon Musk’s Mars Internet provider. NASA will de facto have crowdsourced the exploration of Mars if they timeshare several Mars Rovers (or perhaps in the future Mars friendly drones) using the vital bandwidth of Musk’s Mars Internet.

This will provide an incredible experience for young and old, people of all kinds and races. If this isn’t a similar vision to Starfleet (albeit virtual and holographic) then what is?

This could be the chance for many of us to boldly go where no one has gone before, even if it’s just from the visor of Microsoft Hololens.

Wouldn’t you leap at the chance to explore the Stars?

This post is dedicated to Leonard Nimoy and the inspiration he gave onscreen and off to so many.

Live Long and Prosper.

Last Week I Heard Robert Scoble Speak About Wearable Tech…

…the event was hosted by Google Tel Aviv as part of their Campus Talks series.

Robert Scoble Campus TLV Event

The talk was engaging and all about Wearable Technologies. @Scobleizer as he is known on Twitter filled the room with his personality as much as the crowd there to hear him speak.

Rober Scoble Wearable Talk

Some of the things I took away from the talk were: –

  • Wearables are here and the technology works.
  • People will opt in even at the cost of their privacy for the benefits they gain.
  • Services are mostly supported in the high population density areas like downtown urban centers.
  • Security is not about opting out it’s about the implicit social contract between users and companies built on trust and transparency.
  • The streams of data involved here are massive but each service is an ecosystem in its own right.

This being held at Google there were obviously Google Glass wearers there. One more take away from the talk was that Glass is version 1.

The camera unit design needs to evolve so it doesn’t come between the wearer and other people they are trying to converse with.

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Wearable technology has incredible potential which we have only begun to realize. Robert Scoble evangelizes this niche enthusiastically and with a great deal of personal knowledge.

One thing that occurred to me after hearing about the miniscule sensors involved in this that I have thought again and again,

“Much of technological evolution in the late 20th and 21st Century owes a huge thank you to Star Trek.”

The big question is where will we be when flipper communicators, stun gun phasers, wireless medical tricorders and other inventions actually exceed the forward thinking of the show / movies?

I would even go one step further regarding Google Glass, perhaps the dislike many have for Glass wearers is due to the subtle, visual association with cyborgs like the Borg.

Google Glass Unfairly Compared To Borg

Personally, I’m fascinated by Glass not disturbed but it clearly has some iteration to go.

In a nutshell, Wearable tech is turning us into vast, mobile data sources. Those who avail themselves of this technology will be more exposed but will also reap the benefits.

If nothing else Robert Scoble is clearly our Captain Kirk, boldly going where no-one has gone before (with respect to Wearable Tech).

Are you going to follow him?