I expect to earn a command of my own starship sometime on or after 2035. I plan to name it the USS (or UFPS) Serendipity. Ah, the USS Serendipity. That has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Technology is racing ahead faster than we imaged not even 30 years ago. Our cellphones already outpace TOS-era communicators, for one thing. More are going to come by faster than we predicted. Eventually, AI whose intelligence exceeds our own will help us accelerate innovation, accelerate the acceleration of innovation, and even innovate many things completely for us while we sit back and enjoy a vacation at the New Martim Vaz resort.

Creative NamingEdit

Whenever the players of Star Trek Online start to name our own planets & colonies, I think I will name mine "L'yel'flovi." Sure, M-Class planets may be taken first but that'll be the name of the first unnamed planet I can find. If I find an M-Class that no one else has discovered yet, I'll name it similarly- "Luyelfelovi."

Unimaginative Alien Names

I should've been the manager of whoever proposed the alien names here. I would have promptly rejected these & asked them to go back to re-imagining more creative names. Or sometimes, I would've made my own input -

"DARTHEN?? We've heard one of the syllables before, & a city ending in -en sounds too Earth-like. Here is a more ALIEN-sounding name for this city: Luyelfelovi! Make it so, #1!"

Annorax (anthrax)

Quark (leptons & other elementary particles) Nog (eigu nogu; a christmas drink) Rom (Read Only Memory) Kar (car) Hirogen (hydrogen)

Nihydron (nitro + hydro)

Darthen (Darth Darmok.) Thrax (thorax + anthrax) Abrom (Abram or Abraham) Isak (Issac) Imhotep (an Egyptian false god)

Gaul (France)

Morn (Ohayo Gozaimasu; Good Morning!) Kazon (Kaesong & Khe Sanh) Edo (Old Tokyo) Dinaali (Denali; that is MOUNT McKINLEY, TERRANS!) Gideon (Gideon - a BIBLICAL NAME!)

Ba'ku (Is there a Ba'ku consulate in the former nation-state of Azerbaijan? ;-) )

Wadi (An arabic valley...) Deltans (A Greek letter...) Aquan (How aquatic!) B'Sarri (A little more imaginative than most, but "you'll be sorry!")

Technological Shortfalls
I am a Singularitarian, so I expect a lot more than what Star Trek's 24th Century has to offer us.


The technological shortfall What we should have expected by the 24th Century

"The Ascent"

Jake and Nog have to contemplate cleaning up their quarters BY HAND. What a tedious, time-consuming task. Each resident of DS9 and anyone with a lower-middle-class social standing or above anywhere in the 24th Century should have a personal droid assistant. They would keep all rooms neat & tidy 24/7, and do the mundane things we don't want to bother wasting our time doing. We already do in 2008; our wealthier selves, that is, who can afford a Roomba (a pre-programmed vacuum cleaner), a pre-programmed lawn-mower, and other rudimentary bots.

"The Assignment"

Rom, one of the station's engineers, has to walk into a waste extraction chamber and work "waist-deep" in bodily wastes to fix whatever needs fixing in there. At least, that's what he claims. I WOULD CALL THAT A FORM OF CARDASSIAN TORTURE. If a Cardassian wanted to interrogate another, and I was the infernal interrogator, I would entertain the thought of assigning the victim to waste extraction duty and keep questioning and prodding the victim through an extraction chamber view screen. Other than that, since I would much rather be in the Federation, not even the worst Maquis terrorist deserves such inhumane work. I would relegate such a degrading task to a droid. Of course, if no task is needed in waste-extraction but higher demand outstrips labor elsewhere, then the droid can go through massive decontamination and get to work where work's needed.

"In Purgatory's Shadow" (This also applies to any other episode where things are or are in danger of being misplaced.)

Worf is worried that Jadzia will misplace and lose Worf's memory sticks of Klingon operas. In 2373?? "Computer, locate the memory sticks of all of the Klingon Operas that I loaned to Jadzia Dax. Triangulate their precise locations through my tricorder - have it show me a map with blips giving away the location of these memory sticks." Heck, you don't even need the computer to help you find them. Worf should have copied these operas and sent them to Dax's 24th-century equivalent of the hard drive. Moreover, a microscopic transponder should be embedded on anything liable to be misplaced so not only do they give a unique signature that tells us its rightful owner, it would give away its precise location in case it needs to be found. The RFID tags keep shrinking every year, and will eventually be used to find lost keys, channel changers, and yes - memory sticks.

(Several episodes)

The computer(s) think the combadges are the crewmembers. If on a covert operation, someone may take off a combadge so the computer can tell someone else they are where they really aren't. Ever hear of Facial recognition? We already have those today. If someone even disguises their face, eye-prints will do. So will voice and fingerprints. "Ok then, computer, use the sensors all over the ship/station to scan for (name of crewman's) face, eyes, and unique clothing signatures." By the 24th century, we ought to have microscopic sensor/scanners embedded into every last square foot of all of the walls, doors, floors, and ceilings on ships and stations. No one needs to actively scan their features to be recognized in that case; the micro-surveillance devices should passively scan them all in realtime.

"Business as Usual"

Shortly after Jake enters the O'Briens' apartment, Miles is worried that Jake's conversation will wake the baby. By the 24th century, Miles should place an "audio suppression field" around the baby. Moreover, this field should emanate from a microscopic device embedded on the baby's blanket, to be turned on while in use. Of course, the field should only cover the baby like a silhouette, so that the field doesn't affect others nearby, including anyone holding the baby for the moment.

"Ferengi Love Songs"

At the beginning of this episode, a maintenance team is playing a childish and manual game of "Hide & Seek" with the Voles in Quark's Bar. Quark is expectedly not too well pleased about his loss of profits in the meantime. Even though I myself despise the Ferengi's greedy and uncharitable ways, I would make instant friends with Quark if I went up to him and Jadzia and showed them a shortcut: After going to a computer console and finding a datafile on the Vole species, I say, "Computer, here are the holo-images of the voles, their eggs, & nests. Transfer the data to your maintenance subroutines. Now, I want you to complete a thorough sensor-sweep of the whole station. When you find anything that matches their parameters, promptly beam them out into space! However, just before you do, kindly warn Odo not to shape-shift into one in the meantime." "Orders acknowledged. Please enter security code." (Gives palming gesture for Jadzia to the console.) "Jadzia, it's up to you now."

Real-world history of Trek gadgetsEdit

Medical tricorderEdit

An earliest rendition of the medical tricorder was invented by 2009.


PDAs (whether standalone or as a set of functionalities built into a multi-purpose portable communication device), invented in the 1990s, and electronic book readers, invented in the 2000s, are the very early forms of PADDs.

General multi-purpose "tablet"-type portable computers, like the iPad and HP Slate, having emerged in the 2010s, are also early PADD-like devices.

PADD remarksEdit

It's fictional technology from 350 years in the future... {if} it were to become real, explaining it to you would be like explaining your computer to Isaac Newton. --Alan del Beccio 04:48, 29 January 2008 (UTC)original source of quote
I hereby make a formal request:

Bring back DYKBot.

We'd like to enlighten ourselves with his quizzes again.

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