Star Trek

Roddenberry Data Recovered from Old Floppy Disks

The world leading data forensics company DriveSavers extracted data from 200 Gene Roddenberry floppy disks with no functional computer that can read the file format. Wow, I really wonder what might be on those disks:

When Gene Roddenberry’s computer died, it took with it the only method of accessing some 200 floppy disks of his unpublished work. Here’s how this tech mystery was solved.

DriveSavers Blog

Ars Technica

 

Image: Gene Roddenberry 1976 by Larry D. Moore. Lizenziert unter CC BY-SA 3.0 über Wikimedia Commons.

 

Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, 2011, ST Con-2

 

The great american actor and film director Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83.

Dear Leonard, wherever you may be: You changed the perception of so many people in so many ways. The alien is not so alien anymore, and logic will always keep a friendly note. You will be remembered for being Spock as well as for not being Spock and for many things more. Thank you so much.

Do you speak "Human"?

Somewhere out in space, in the Beta quadrant of the Star Trek Universe, there's a planet called Romulus. It's a planet a bit bigger than Earth, and has about 18 billion people on it. But Earth, with a third as many people, has about 7,105 languages, while Romulus has just "three major dialects."

io9: One Planet, One Language: How Realistic Is Science Fiction Linguistics?

Überwachung auf der Enterprise

Der nicht mehr tagesaktuelle Artikel "Star Trek und die NSA" aus FAZ.NET beschreibt, wie Star Trek das Denken heutiger Wissenschaftler und damit unserere heutigen technischen Innovationen prägte. Aber auch unser Gesellschaftsbild, vermutet der Autor:

Mit anderen Worten: Die Vision der Zukunft ist, dass wir den Kampf gegen allgegenwärtige Überwachung verloren haben, aber dass das nicht schlimm ist. Die Gesellschaft hat sich so weiterentwickelt, dass kein Missbrauch stattfindet.

Tricorder Prize

Imagine a portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand that monitors and diagnoses your health conditions. That’s the technology envisioned by this competition, and it will allow unprecedented access to personal health metrics. The end result: Radical innovation in healthcare that will give individuals far greater choices in when, where, and how they receive care.

Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE

Learn Klingon

The Klingon language is something truly unique. While there have been other artificial languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a language for aliens. Add to this more than a quarter-century of the Star Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around the globe. These factors begin to explain the popularity of the warrior's tongue.

Klingon Language Institute