A recent BBC News article (found Here) has video footage of a ‘real life Star Trek holodeck’. Kind of.
The system shown in the video is a 360° screen used to create simulations for fire fighters. Whilst pretty cool, this technology isn’t anything particularly new or really a holodeck.
What it is demonstrating though is that we’re a bit closer to holographic simulations.
In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the holodeck is a large room that when activated, or programmed, can create life like replicas of people, places and objects, in 3D. This clip shows a bit of what the holodeck can do.
If we manage to successfully create a holodeck, or a similar holographic projection room, it will bring some massive advantages. The implications for training purposes are pretty obvious, but think about how it could also be used in terms of medicine and surgery. It has the possibility of creating extremely life-like replicas of humans that would react exactly as a real person would – provided they are programmed well enough.
The next step then would be some kind of home use, TV, films and games being a target, and then probably a mobile version – which seems to be the direction of all technology nowadays.
Over to you
- What do you think is the main advantage to the holodeck?
- What would you do with one?
- Is there any reason you disapprove of this technology?
I’m going to cut this down to the basics, because basically, this isn’t the bit you should be reading!
My name is Luke Leadbetter. I’m a student at The University of Portmsouth, where I’m studying for a Journalism degree. Exciting stuff.
I have a strong interest in the realm of social media – Twitter and it’s ilk. I love the interaction that can be found, and looking at the way in which it used.
I’m also a Christian, and what makes social media even more interesting to me, is when it is combined with faith. This makes for some very interesting, ethical and philosophical debates in which I am hoping you will take part!
Along with social media I have a great interest in almost every form of technology out there, although maybe no kitchen appliances, because let’s face it fridges aren’t that interesting. So expect some of that – not fridges, interesting tech – to appear here too.
I hope you enjoy what you read and cannot express how much I hope that you can comment on what is written, add your views and help to create a friendly, interesting community full of fascinating discussion.
Thanks for reading,
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