Unit 7: What Does It Mean To Be Explorers? > Exploring a New Starship / Tech Showcase Ion Propulsion

Exploring a New Starship

For this media analysis, we’d like you to think about the role the starship Enterprise has played in the Star Trek television series and films.

In what ways does the U.S.S. Enterprise function as a character, not just a vehicle in Star Trek? Does “she” have a personality? Do the other ships in the Star Trek universe have the same level of character development?

Don’t know what to write down.

Tech Showcase Ion Propulsion

Write a post in your Starlog answering the question below.

Where do you think ion propulsion and future engine technology will take us? What are the dangers? Are there other applications?

Ion propulsion and future engine technology can take us to other place beyond where humans have gone before. So, we can explore what of Star Trek is Science Fiction and what turns into Science Fact.

The dangers of ion propulsion are not known yet. There is the risk that we pollute space without knowing it. There has been a Star Trek episode which was addressing this topic. Where warp drive was creating a rapture in the time continuum and space crafts needed to fly slow at that area.

Promotion to Captain

Yes I’m done with this course and I can call myself Captain.

This was mission 1, two more missions to go in this journey to let myself being inspired by the Culture and Technology of Star Trek.

Unit 6: What Does It Mean To Be Explorers? > Exploring a More Diverse Crew / Exploring Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

Exploring a More Diverse Crew

In this episode we talk about diversity. First the diversity in the crew and how every crewmember is representing a county / continent and even representing aliens.

It is very important to see this diversity. But even more important is to see persons out of there stereotype world. Like Lieutenant Uhura, an Afro lady in a very important role at the bridge. While in other movies Afro ladies had been maids. In the third series (Deep Space Nine) the Captain was an Afro man and in series four (Voyager) the captain was a woman. Star Trek is breaking with boundaries, not all have been broken down, but a good attempted is made.

I have not seen the new series (Discovery) yet. I’m looking forward to watch it, to find out which boundaries will be broken there.

Exploring Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

The question about this unit Scott asks if you think we’re getting closer to realizing the Vulcan philosophy of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) here on Earth. What would it take for that to happen? What would it look like? How might things be different?

To me IDIC is connected with love and peace only than it is possible and then the first thing that pops into my mind is: that is the world how God intended it to be and that is where I as a Christian believe in that the world will turn back into Gods creation and Love be all around us.

Promotion to Lieutenant Commander

Unit 5: What Does It Mean To Be Explorers? > Exploring the Space Race / Exploring Diverse Representations

In this second part of the course it is about exploring.

What is exploring according to the Cambridge dictionary:

  • to search and discover (about something):
  • to think or talk about something in order to find out more about it:

What is exploring according to Wikipedia:

  • Exploration is the act of searching for the purpose of discovery of information or resources.
  • In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of empirical research (the other two being description and explanation).

Exploring the Space Race

In this unit we compared the exploration that happened in the 1960’s when the first people started to go to the moon. Russia and the USA both had a program, but because of the cold war they where not communicating to each other about what they were doing.

In the program StarTrek the exploration went beyond the moon. They went even beyond this galaxy. Into other ones. Explored were no one went before. Looking closely at the episodes and filter out the location and species of humanoids you see that they were focussing on real-time problems.

I was impressed by the episode “Half a life”. On Kaelon Two it is normal that people end their life on the day they turn 60. They make a party of it. I was impressed because in the country I life there is a group of people who believe it is okay to end your life when you think yourself your life is completed.

Exploring Diverse Representations

For this starlog we need the following question:

At the end of the video, Margaret says that space exploration was controversial in the 1970s and 1980s. People wondered why the government was spending time and money exploring the solar system when critical problems existed here on Earth. What do you think? Should the government resolve Earthly issues before exploring space? Or is a scientific investigation of distant worlds a fundamentally human endeavor of exploration? Explain your argument.

I agree with Captain Kirk

I agree with Captain Kirk Doctor McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this. But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk, risk is our business. That’s what the Starship is all about. That’s why we’re aboard her.

Yeah sometime you wonder why money is spend on exploring space and not on defeating hunger in the world. On the other hand, what they find out for space travel can be used in the real world and would not have been thought about when there would not have been space travel. Look at Hook-and-loop fasteners and the tab on a soda can. Things do no longer fly in the air, but stay attached.

Promotion to Lieutenant Commander

Unit 4 Why Star Trek? > Imagined Technologies / Artificial Intelligence

Start Trek and Imagined Technologies

In Star Trek there was a lot of technology that was appealing to the imagination of the viewers in the ’70’s of the 20th century. Some items we have right now have been developed based on the imagination of Star Trek.

I was impressed by the extra material where James Doohan is telling about his interest in science and how he as Scotty inspired to many engineers. And the interview with Patrick Steward where he talks about Neill Armstrong’s inspiration to become an astronaut. Namely the role of Captain Picard. I knew there where fans, but that it influenced people and society so much I had not realised. While in an earlier blog I wrote down, that the role of Data maybe has inspired me to go into Data Science.

For this Starlog we got the questions:

  • “What Star Trek technology is on your list of must-haves?”
  • Could the Star Trek universe exist without this type of technology?
  • How would it be better (or worse) with (or without) this technology?

The technology on my wish list is the big touch screens and the real interactive talking with the computer. We have a start, there are touch screens and the digiboard and schools are getting more and more interactive. Also asking questions to siri, google and windows is starting off.

The Star Trek universe could not have existed without the technology. Then it would not have been SF. Without the technology there would have been something missing in the series. No talking Data, no beaming, no easily communication, no great looking screens.

Tech Showcase: Artificial Intelligence

In this model Mark Teerlink chief business strategist from IBM Watson is talking about AI and how it developed in the present time.

It would be really nice if AI would go into the direction of Data, but it also go into the direction of Lore, so we always have to stay keen on ethics with every small step we take in AI. I don’t think we should fear AI, we should fear the county’s developing AI, as long as they are humanly AI will stay humanly.

Promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade

Unit 3: Why Star Trek? > Unique Universe / Power of Fandom


Star Trek’s Unique Universe

Question: what are the benefits of adhering to canon?

Answer: The advantage of following a canon is that all episodes are made in the same trent and that fan’s continue to watch. Storyline is easier to follow even if you missed an episode.

Star Trek and the Power of Fandom

Question: Who is your favourite Star Trek character?

This is not an easy question. Each serie does have a favourite to me.
The most important are.

  • Scotty in the original series, his character so Scottish and his accent beautifully.
  • In the Next Generation, it is Data, wonderful to see how he developed during the 7 seasons.
  • In Voyager it is the Doctor, yet another non-human character, he also develops himself into almost human.

Probably Data and The Doctor have spoken to my imagination very early and now, with the emergence of AI and Data Science, it is only clear to me that I want to be able to do more with it.

Promotion Ceremony

Today I got promoted to Lieutenant

Unit 2: Why Star Trek? > Star Trek and the Business of Cable Television Starlog


For this Unit we have been watching the pilots of all the series. Here is how we rank them and what we think of them.

3“The Cage.”
Star Trek: The Original Series
running: 1966-1969
playing 2265
remark: Shown on Network Television; dominant male episode. Number 1 is female, but not seen as female by Captien Pike, other head players are male, it is that I have seen more StarTrek, because this pilot is not talking to me and I’m not interested to watch a second episode.
2“Where No Man Has Gone Before.”
Star Trek: The Original Series
running: 1966-1969
playing 2265
remark: First episode with Captien Kirk, still mainly male, beter then The Cage.
1“Encounter at Far Point.”
Star Trek: The Next Generation
running: 1987-1994
playing 2365
remark: In this pilot the new enterpice and his crew members are introduced to us and how they knew each other in the past / what the relations are.
We also get introduceted to Q and how the Q think about people, people need to prove otherwise.
Star Trek: Deep Space 9
running 1993-1999
playing: 2365
remark: The beginning of a new job, but first closing old life and grive. Again dealing with an other life form the thinks human is crual.
Star Trek: Voyager
running 1995-2001
playing 2365
remark: A leap in time and space, we jump 75.000 light years because a caretaker wants to pay for his depts to a planet. The caretaker dies and technology destroyed.
In the mean time the Voyager and there enemy form home have to become friends to travel back home for 75 years. Two people from far away want to leave far away and travel to earth
5“Broken Bow.”
Star Trek: Enterprise
running 2001-2005
playing 2151
remark: Nice to see a serie made in 2001 but is playing before Star Trek the Original Series, you see older machinery but the vesion is newer 😉
“The Vulcan Hello.”
Star Trek: Discovery
running since 2017
playing 2256
We watched 3 episodes, it is adictiev, but not in the line of what was in the old series. Personally I prefer the older series
I did not see that this serie play’s before The next generation, it looks that is play’s. From the Klingons plot I got the idea is was behnd Voyager

Unit 2: Why Star Trek? > Star Trek and the Business of Cable Television Homework


In Unit 2 “Why Star Trek”, Module 2 “Star Trek and the Business of Cable Television” our assignment is an media analysis. We are asked to whatch the pilot episode of each of the 6 live action Star Trek television serie and how the storyline of each pilot episode related to the world when it was created.
Luckily we have Netflix were we can watch it.
This homework will take some time.

Here is the list of the pilot episodes we have been asked to think about for the Media Analysis. (Both pilots for Star Trek: The Original Series are included.)

  • 1966 “The Cage.” Star Trek: The Original Series
  • 1966 “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Star Trek: The Original Series
  • 1987 “Encounter at Far Point.” Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • 1993 “Emissary.” Star Trek: Deep Space 9
  • 1995 “Caretaker.” Star Trek: Voyager
  • 2001 “Broken Bow.” Star Trek: Enterprise
  • 2017 “The Vulcan Hello.” Star Trek: Discovery

Question: Which pilot best addresses the contemporary societal issues from when it was produced while taking the most advantage of the television format on which it was shown? Rank the episodes you watch in numerical order where 1 is the episode that best answers the question prompt.

Unit 2: Why Star Trek? > Star Trek and The Business of Network Television


Star Trek and The Business of Network Television

To what extent did the business model of network television enable Star Trek: The Original Series to appeal to such a wide range of audiences? In ways did that same model constrain it?

Star Trek: The Original Series had a big appeal to people, because all type of people could
recognize them self in the characters playing in the serie.

– Kirk was daring, bold, emotional, and heroic
– Spock brought rational thought, a level head, and logical thinking to the table
– Bones was practical and compassionate.

Star Trek was being watched by viewers from young to old

Thanks to Sean Patrick Guthrie’s, blogpost juli 20, 2016 and Rabobank for the design of the business model, that I have used to fill

Course Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology via edX


Just a break from my Data Science education, a course for fun nevertheless it has a connection with Science.

About this course

Intro voor de training

Why has Star Trek, which began as a failed network series, become so influential? Instead of fading away, the Star Trek universe now encompasses feature films, additional television series, and a universe of fan conventions and memorabilia. 

What about the shows and movies resonate with so many people? The powerful vision of futuristic space exploration drew on real history and contemporary issues to enhance its storytelling. Star Trek inspired audiences to ask fundamental questions about who they are and how they relate to the world around them.

When you enroll in this course, you will examine how Star Trek’s live action television shows and motion pictures affected audiences around the world. With your hosts, Margaret Weitekamp and Scott Mantz, you will discover the connections between Star Trek and history, culture, technology and society. You will hear from experts, watch clips from the shows and films, debate with fellow fans. and explore your own perspectives on and understanding of Star Trek’s lasting impact.

Through critical analysis and object exploration, you will examine how Star Trek tackled controversial topics, such as race, gender, sexuality, and ethics. Then, the mission is yours. Join the community to engage in civil discourse. Use evidence to understand how Star Trek shaped and still influences our technology and society. 

This course is offered under license by CBS Consumer Products.

What you’ll learn

In this course, students will:

  • Learn why we should study Star Trek as a lens for media scholars to analyze the history of television, the impact of science fiction on technology, and the phenomenon of fandom
  • Explore how Star Trek depicted a future where humans were explorers of the universe – serving as an inspiration to individuals and government agencies deeply involved in the race to get human beings into space for the first time
  • Understand how Star Trek‘s diverse crew prompted audiences to reconsider their own perceptions of different races and genders
  • Reflect on how Star Trek depicted various characters working to understand themselves and their place in the universe
  • Recognize how Star Trek inspires reflection on our own humanity and our place in the universe