Social Impact of Star Trek Technology

From Alec:

In the same way that personal computers, automobiles, and smartphones have shaped our society, the technology presented in Star Trek plays a critical role in affecting the lives of the characters from within the saga.

  • The advent of interstellar space travel has allowed humans to interact with sentient species from all over the galaxy.
  • Technology has allowed medical issues to be detected quickly and efficiently through the use of handheld sensors.
  • The standard of living in the Star Trek universe is high enough that the desire to acquire money has been greatly reduced.

The mission of the starship Enterprise is recited at the end of the film. This monologue, known as the “Captain’s Oath”, shows that even in a utopian society like the one presented in the Star Trek universe, humanity continues to seek technological advancement and achieve a greater understanding of the universe:

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

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