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Instead, the future will be far different — and much weirder — than Roddenberry and other ST writers could have ever imagined. The challenge now is to admit that humanity is headed into a very different kind of future. It’s time to set aside Star Trek‘s outdated vision of the future and focus on real possibilities.
He lists a number of salient points, not the least of which are that any space-faring humans will be dramatically different from us, if they are physical at all. Spaceships as a concept are unlikely, and any interstellar travel is likely to be in digital form with capacity to build from scratch on arrival.
The article is well worth a read, and (as with many good SF discussions) the comments are as interesting as the original piece. In recent years I have come to agree with the author’s conclusions, particularly as they relate to interstellar travel. We won’t be going anywhere in colony ships with multi-generational crew. Instead, we are likely to be sending digital replicas of ourselves. Spaceships will look like small rocks with a light sail.
The harsh reality of distance and time barriers to long distance space travel is lessened somewhat by the idea, present in some excellent SF, that we might send multiple copies of ourselves to different places. I might not see the whole universe, or even a tiny pathetic fraction of it, but perhaps my digital copies might see millions of stars. I can live with that.
This is a fun project by a fellow who made a real-life Star Trek Phaser.
This inflatable Star Trek Captain’s chair is about as ridiculous as you might expect. The video is pretty funny though.