Where is the Technology

Tricoders Voyager

Are we there yet?

I am from a generation gap that watched Star Trek every day.  The Original Series (1966–1969).  Star Trek: The Original Series, frequently abbreviated as TOS, debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966.  I was ten years old; I could not stop watching this TV series.  The show tells the tale of the crew of the starship USS Enterprise and its five-year mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

I saw an announcement of some thermal gloves of cutting edge technology, and in my appreciation, they were too thick.  When you claim advanced technology, you have to consider many variables, for example, electric, solar, mini, or sub-mini and very thin components, state of the art practical wear.  You want to have these capabilities to freely move around.  They would be outstanding if that technology were as slim as skin.  You want to keep your hands hot.  In turn, this will send a message to the brain, saying that you are warm, but you also want to have the feeling that you are not wearing anything.

Sorry I am from the 60s Star Trek and all related series that follow.  Star Trek Generations, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine, but I have yet to see more advanced technology after 50+ years of the commencement of the series.  All this talk about future Fantasy.  I do not include Star Wars that was released on May 25, 1977.  First subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope in the 1979 book The Art of Star Wars, or Back to the Future Back to the Future opened on July 3, 1985, on 1,200 screens in North America and all that has come out afterward.  I know we as a human race have come a long way in technology but, 50+ years?

Let us present a few examples: I am a USAF veteran that served from December 1974 through November 1982.  I have seen up and close the Aircraft SR-71 most commonly known as Black Bird.  It is more like a spaceship than an aircraft.  For reference, I just did a Google search on the information of the Black Bird design and in-service.  Google is telling me, and I quote: “ The original Blackbird was designated the A-12 and made its first flight on April 30, 1962. The single-seat A-12 soon evolved into the larger SR-71, which added a second seat for a Reconnaissance Systems Officer and carried more fuel than the A-12.  The SR-71’s first flight was on December 22, 1964. This information is taken from Lockheedmartin.com.

In my duty station, I was informed that SR-71 was coming to the base.  I talked to the Captain in charge of my unit, and he told me, maybe to impress a young adult, that the design was started in 1956, 63 years ago.  Could you imagine that?  1956.  Back in 1978, this aircraft was Top Secret and it was immediately taken in a hanger so that no one could see it.  This jet is a long-range, supersonic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at Mach 3.2.

When it first flew, it was a fantastic performer and still is after three decades of unmatched capabilities. The SR-71 has serviced the United States for more than 35 years.  What the public sees now is what the government or whatever power wants you to see.  Behind sealed doors, there is more than meets the eye.  (Believe it or not, I am not troubled by it).

The second example I want to acknowledge is medical technology.  While in the military, I hurt my cervical, back spine, and my right knee.  In 1976, MRIs or CT Scans did not exist.  Some x-rays were taken and dismiss it as nothing to be a concern.  In the first series of Star Trek, they had what was called a Tricorder.  It would function as scanning anything, life signs, medical conditions, universal translator, database information, and recording anything the explorers could gather.  Are we even closed to this miniature technology?  Our CT-Scan and MRI machines are humongous.  Can we see through walls, can we replicate any components or food?  Can we dematerialize and rematerialize in another part of the world?

Do you remember the movie “The Fly”?  The Fly is a 1958 American science fiction-horror film produced and directed by Kurt Neumann and starring David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, and Herbert Marshall. The screenplay by James Clavell based on the 1957 short story of the same name by George Langelaan.  The film tells the story of a scientist who was transformed into a grotesque creature.  A common housefly enters unseen into a molecular transporter he is experimenting with, resulting in his atoms being combined with those of the insect, which produces a human-fly hybrid.

Can we produce paper-thin bulletproof glass (Remember when Kirk had to return to earth to bring back a humpback whale to save the planet?  How about cars so light that their body is made of plastic harder than stainless steel.  Can we make Sky Walker laser sword or canons, sonic weapons, I know some exists but not used, and I am talking miniature?

Today we are yet to see a supercomputer that mimics the human brain.  The Human Brain Project was or is part of research to produce this technology by 2020, but it seems a dud.  I honestly was looking forward to this project’s success.  They intended to treat neurological illnesses like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  This treatment, in turn, would provide viable solutions to emotional conditions, in general, like schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and many other neurological issues.  Many brotherhood Veterans like me would have benefited greatly from this technology.



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