Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology III, Unit 5: What Does it Mean to Be Human > Humanity and Developing Technology

Humanity and Developing Technology

What concerns does Star Trek raise about the relationship between humans and technology? How do these concerns relate to current discussions about technology today?

In Star Trek the relationship between human and technology inside Starfleet is good. Human respect technology and technology does not overtake the freedom op humans. On other planets it is sometimes different. There technology has overtaken the freedom of hominids and are controlling them, sometimes even enslaving them.

This last option is a concern of today’s sceptical people.

The discussion of stolen identities and privacy is really big on the moment. But not there in Star Trek, what brings me back to Unit 4 and a topic that still could be addressed in the series.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology III, Unit 4: What Does it Mean to Be Human > Humanity and Discovering Life in the Universe / Humanity and Exploring Gender and Sexuality

Humanity and Discovering Life in the Universe

I this unit the movie starts with the statement “If we can say that there was a separate genesis of life elsewhere in our solar system, I think we can increase our chances of finding intelligent life elsewhere in our universe because it means that we didn’t form life in our solar system just once, we did it twice.” This is stated after the explanation why NASA is interested in finding microbial life on Europa a moon around Jupiter.

I like to learn and find out what the opinion of the training is on this subject, but before I start and you continue reading my opinion let me tell you that I believe that it is not us who did it, but that we have been created by God, so if NASA finds microbial life I believe that God also has created that.

How would you explain who we are as a human race? What objects or pieces of information would you send on a starship that was traveling to other solar systems?

I find it difficult to explain who we are as a human race, so I went to the internet and found a lovely page from Fandom describing all Humans / Terrans in the Star trek series (

What would I send? I would send a lot of photos to show our diversity in the way we look, together with some pets we love. A written and a spoken book. Some old fashion toys. Clothing from all over the world.

Humanity and Exploring Gender and Sexuality

Margaret asks, “What comes next?” What social issue should Star Trek take on as the show progresses? What is something that we see today in the world that science fiction through defamiliarization or extrapolation can help us think about in a new way?

The issue about how we treat our environment. The plastic, global warming. Dictatorships, racism anti-Semitism and the way people behave out of religion. There are plenty of social issue’s that still can be addressed. Also, loneliness and addiction to social networking, so show the best side of yourself.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology III, Unit 3: The Frontier as a Powerful Symbol > Frontier Inspiring New Technology

Frontier Inspiring New Technology

Margaret asks, “What new technologies are making us more self-sufficient?” Why is it necessary to be self-sufficient in these areas? How will this help us progress as humans and as explorers?

There are so many new technologies on the moment. I want to highlight “Cultured meat”. I learned about that by the media and went to Wikipedia to learn more about it. If we will be able to grow meat in a test-tube, we do not longer have to kill an animal for a piece of meat. And we can meet to the needs of people who do not want to eat vegetarian products.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology III, Unit 2: The Frontier as a Powerful Symbol > Frontier as a Powerful Symbol / Frontier Personified

Frontier as a Powerful Symbol

As we explore the frontier of space, how can we approach the peoples and environments that we encounter? Can we reconcile our instinct to explore with an awareness of our impact on space, planets, and potentially, other species?

For me as a young European the frontier does not mean the same to me as that Margaret Weitekamp and Scott Mantz are explaining.

If we ever encounter life in space, we should have learned from the human past that forcing our lifestyles upon them works out the wrong way. We should be open to them and respect their way of living. When we approach with the attitude “love the other like you lover yourself” we should be able to life the philosophy of Starfleet. Then it will go better than what happened in human history, while crossing the frontier.

While studying the next part. Captain Picard really say’s it nicely:

“History has proved again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well-intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous.”

Frontier Personified

Which captain do we need most in today’s society? Whose approach would best serve to lead us through the challenges we face as a world and universe today? Does Discovery’s take on focusing not on the captain in season 1 change our perception of this lesson?

In this part 4 types of captains are described

  • Captain Kirk is a captain that travels to another world on a weekly base. In the beginning there are no rules to encounter aliens and captain Kirk is no really spending a lot of time caring what the aliens were feeling. He is a captain who is willing to take part in gun-to-gun encounters of violence, if the situation requires it.
  • Captain Picard has a strong commitment to the prime directive and has a deep philosophical view what kinds of interventions are possible. For him the frontier was open for diplomacy.
  • Captain Sisko looks like a small-town sheriff. Because he is on a location where he is next to the wormhole and all kind of species are passing by on the station. Homeworlds that are not trusting each other, but on the station, there need to be peace.
  • Captain Janeway finds herself in the role of caretaker. She needs to get her crew, who feel like family, on a travel through space, back to earth. The crew is untested and of the ethically divided. She struggles with the question what is more important; the greater mission of Starfleet of the safety of the individual crew.

In these times we need Janeway’s to get all people thinking in one direction. The world is untested and ethically divide. When People are on line about a topic we need Picard’s wisdom in following the prime directive, together with Sisko’s skills to keep the peace. And sometimes we need captain Kirk to cut to the case and solve the issue.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 7: What does it mean to be part of a culture? > Tech Showcase: How Much Do We Know About Space?

Tech Showcase: How much do we know about space

During this unit we are being explained what the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum is studying out there, where no one has boldly gone before.

The question to think about is: Do you think we will find alien life? Is there another Earth or something similar out there? Do you feel studying space brings tangible benefits to us? 

My answer is based on my religion. I believe life on earth has been created by God, like described in The Torah, The Bible, and The Quran. Nowhere in those books is a story about life outside the earth. So, if alien life is found, than it is also a creation by God.

Promotion Ceremony

Congratulations Captain. You’ve completed your mission and the second Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology course. This means that you can put on the rank of Vice Admiral. 

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 6: What does it mean to be part of a culture? > Navigating Multiple Identities: part 2 / Navigating Difficult Histories

Navigating multiple identities: Part 2

Write a post in your Starlog answering the question below. 
Margaret asks, “What has been your experience with intersectionality? Has Star Trek influenced how you think about that?” Intersectionality affects everyone. Before you construct your response, make a private list of the multiple identities you inhabit – race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Which elements most affect your public life? 

As a child I grew up in a protected surrounding, were there was no intersectionality. As a child I liked watching The Next Generation and Voyager. TNG because of Data and Picard and Voy because of the doctor and Janeway. When taking this course, I realise it opened my mind to prepare me for the life I’m living now. I went from the country side to a city. Got married to a husband from another country. We both have the same religion, but following two different denominations. So, enough multiple identities for us. Right now we are both watching the whole series of Star Trek again, we started at Captain Kirk and are now at Deep Space nine. Looking forward to learn more and evolve in our daily life.

Like Eugene Roddenberry say’s in the course “what a great idea. I would love to live in a future where we no longer fear difference and diversity among us. We crave it. We desire it. We look for it.”

Navigating Difficult Histories

Write a post in your Starlog answering the question below. 
Scott asks, “What do you think is the best Star Trek story ever told?” Is it an episode or film that draws some of its power from allegories of real history? Are stories stronger when evoking events or when the writers are free to invent from their imagination?

That is a very difficult question, because there are so many good stories told. If I need to pick one, then I go for “Half a life” Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4, episode 22 broadcasted in 1991. It made an impression an impact on me because of the fact that on Kaelon II nobody lives longer than 60 years of “Resolution”. In the country where I life there is a political party that is fighting for the right for older people to end there live when they think the lived to the fullest. I was already against that idea. After watching the episode “Half a life” it became clearer how lunatic that idea is and what effect it can have on people.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 5: What does it mean to be part of a culture? > Navigating Between Cultures / Navigating Multiple Identities: Part 1

With this Unit we move to the next topic. Culture, first we highlight what it means to be part of a culture.

Navigating between cultures

Write a post in your Starlog answering the question below. 
When talking about Star Trek: Deep Space 9 at the end of the video, Scott says that, “while some people argue that the series’ occasionally more conflict-laden relationships went again Gene Roddenberry’s dream of a utopian future, it’s more confrontational nature highlighted the complexities of cross-cultural communication and how it could benefit social and business interactions.” Which side of the argument do you agree with? Why?

Yes, Deep Space 9 sometimes is in conflict with the dream of a utopian future. But it is necessary to have these conflicts to highlight what has to change on earth to get into that utopian future. If you do not learn what the core of the problem is, we humans will not be able to solve these problems. And only if we know and realise what needs to change in our cross-cultural communication, we can undertake action to get better social and business interactions.

Navigating multiple identities: Part 1

Each episode in the watch list features a different character who embraces (or struggles with) their intersectionality. Which character resonates the most with you? In what ways?

  • “Journey to Babel.” Star Trek: The Original Series, broadcasted in 1967.

Spock is the main character in this episode. He struggles with being mixed Vulcan and Human. And he struggles with loyalty towards his dad and towards the Enterprise. Captain Kirk takes a decision, so Spock does not have to choose.

  • “Sins of the father.” Start Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1990

Worf is the main character in this episode. He is being called back to his home world by his brother, that he did not knew he had. There father is being accused of high treason and the son needs to fight for the honour of the family. Worf chooses to do this and the keep the identity of his brother hidden.
It turns out that the father of the challenger is the one who committed the high treason.
If that gets known, there will be a civil war in the empire. So Worf takes the decision to accept exile. To leave the Klingon world behind him.

  • “Family.” Start Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1990

Jean-Luc and his brother are not really best friend. Jean-Luc struggles with going back to the enterprise or starting a new project with a friend on earth. Jean-Luc and his brother argue about passed issues and even end up in a fist fight. The fist fight clears the air between them and it breaks Jean-Luc to start accepting what happened with him at the Borg. Jean-Luc realises he belongs on the enterprise.
Worf feels uncomfortable with his adoptive parents on board. The parents are getting into a conversation with Guinan and that learns them more about how the man Worf is right now. The feel free to talk to Worf and tell him, they are behind him.
Wesley gets a movie that his father taped when he was 10 weeks old. He learns more about his dad. And gets at peace with growing up without his dad.

  • “The cost of living.” Start Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1992

The main characters in this episode are Alexander (son of Worf) and Roxanna Troy (mother of Deanna Troy). They become friends. Roxanna learn Alexander how to deal with the rules of his dead and Alexander learns Roxanna not to give up her values, just because she wants to get married, because she does not want to get old alone.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 4: What is Alien? > Language Showcase: Creating Klingon / Klingon at the Smithsonian

In this unit we dive deeper into the Klingon language, how it is made and how you create a language based on the rules there are in world languages.

Language Showcase: Creating Klingon

How does Klingon compare to other fictional languages? Is it the leading fictional language or have other franchises like Lord of the Rings surpassed it? Would you use Klingon in your everyday life?

To create a fictional language, you need to look at the creators who are going to speak it. So the Klingon is a fighting creature, so the languages needs to sound raw and in fighting mood.
I don’t think another fictional language can surpass the Klingon language. Klingon was the first fictional language so all other ones are spinoffs and can never get to the same number of fans.
I would not use Klingon in everyday life. I did not know there was an official language and a dictionary were you can learn the words and gramma of Klingon. Now I do know, I still would not use it, because I refer it with a fighting creature and that is not in me.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 3: What is Alien? > Aliens Sound Different / Aliens behave differently

In this unit we are looking at the sounds of Aliens and how they behave

Aliens Sound Different

Scott asks if you have any phrases in Klingon you’d like to share. What are the most important phrases to know in another language? How does learning another language provide insight into learning a new culture?

Klingon is a language I do not speak. I found a blogpost about the 12 most important phrases to know in every language. It comes down on introducing yourself and asking how the other is doing. Be polite and asking where you kind find a place or an object.
When you know another language, you can communicate and understand why some things are done. The episode “Darmok.” Star Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1991 is a good example for that. I wrote about that episode in my previous starlog.

Aliens Behave Differently

Margaret asks:
“What episode of Star Trek makes you step back and rethink your stance on gender, race, or sexuality? Why is that?”

Years ago, when I first started watching Start Trek it got my attention, because of the different characters in The Original Series, Uhuru, Spock and Scotty, later on in The Next Generation Worf and Data and in Voyager, Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine. It was so nice to watch the series that crossed borders in gender and race. In that time I did not realise why it got my attention now with passing the years and following this course I start to realise what it was. Now with watching every episode it shapes my stance on gender and race

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology II, Unit 2: What is Alien? > What is the Role of the Alien? / Aliens Look Different

In this unit we are looking at 2 aspects of the Alien

  • The role they play
  • The way they look

What is the Role of the Alien?

Aliens can play all different kinds of roles and with that the writer of the series was able to address all kind of issues in society without being called racist or sexist or any other things.

For the role we need to watch 3 episodes and 2 movies. I did watch the movies; they are not available on Netflix (my favourite streaming platform). We are also asked to rank the episodes into a self-reflecting order for the time it was produced. I have ranked them into order that it made me more self-reflecting.

  • “Darmok.” Star Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1991.

Aliens: The Children of Tama. (Tamarians)
No history of violence known; language has been ‘incomprehensible’ by humans. The Tamarians speak with persons and locations. Persons and locations of the past, that tell the full story in 1 word. They communicate through narrative imagery, a reference to the individuals and places which appear in their mythohistorical accounts.
Both captains are at the planet (El-Adrel) and Picard is able to start to understand what Dathon (the other captain) is telling him. That a danger shared can bring people together.
When Riker gets Picard of El-Adrel, Picard is able to tell to the Tamarians that Dathon is dead and how he died, in the Tamarian language.

  • “Turnabout Intruder.” Star Trek: The Original Series, broadcasted in 1969.

There is not really an alien in this episode. Only an alien technic which can separate body and mind and then swop the mind into another body. A lady friend of Kirk from the past wants to take over his body to show the difference between male and female and what they can achieve inside Starfleet.
In 1995 there was Star Trek Voyager a series whit a female captain.

  • “The Icarus Factor.” Star Trek: The Next Generation, broadcasted in 1989.

In this episode it is about family relations and how harsh we be to each other.
And about Worf, it is the 10th anniversary of his Klingon age of ascension. It’s a ritual of great significance. A rite of initiation marking the new level of Klingon spiritual attainment. It’s a day of celebration and ritual spent with one’s fellow Klingons. Worf is upset, because there are no Klingon friends on board, to celebrate with him. Wesley, Data and Geordi come up with the idea to create a simulation on the holodeck. To get him out of the social cultural isolation and to share this important part of his life, his being.
So, two opposites. Family and misunderstanding. Friends who can help you to feel good.?

Aliens Look Different.

I have watched the four examples from the Watch List in order of when they were broadcasted and described the (race) issues in our time frame. Looking at the country I life in and to countries around me.

  • “The Trouble with Tribbles.” Star Trek: The Original Series, broadcasted in 1967.

Tribbles are little furry animal looking creatures that purr when they are close to humans or Vulcan’s, but shrieks with getting at a Klingon.
Tribbles are breeding fast, how they breed is unknown.
When I see this aspect of the Tribbles I need to think of the rabbit in Australia. The rabbit has been brought into Australia and it became a plague.
In this episode a shipload of Quadro-triticale (a High-yield grain) needs to be protected against Klingons.
At the end of the episode it turns out that the assistant of the minister, the one who has been trusted the most, is the enemy and it is a Tribble who helps to find out.
Lesson: An Alien can look cute, but can swamp the whole place and become a threat.
Lesson: The obvious enemy does not have to be the real threat
Lesson: A person who is close can be the enemy and we will not see it.

  • “Elaan of Troyius” Star Trek: The Original Series, broadcasted in 1968.

Ambassadeur Petri from Troyius and a Dohlman from Elas (female, looks like Cleopatra.) are on board and the Dohlman seems to be the boss. She needs to get married to the head of Troyius, to stop a war between the two planets.
The secret of the woman on Elas: When the flesh of a man is touched by the tear of a lady his heart is enslaved forever.
The Dohlman puts a spell on the captain by crying and Kirk wipes the tear away. Her main goal is to use the ship to destroy the planet that they are in war with. Kirk is stronger than the spell. His strength comes out of his obligation for the federation and his love for the enterprise.
A member of the crew from the Dohlman wants to shell out the enterprise to the Klingons. The Klingons are not interested in peace between Troyius and Elas, because the planets are having minerals they would like to have. When the Klingon ship is damaged by the enterprise, Kirk let them float and the Dohlman is surprised about it.
In the beginning the Dohlman is a hard lady who is not having manners nor respect to other people. At the end she has turned a little around and respect the fact she needs to get married to get peace.
History: In the past a lot of weddings have been proceeded to keep the peace in between different countries. UK and France for instance.

  • “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” Star Trek: The Original Series, broadcasted in 1969.

With the first contact of the Alien Lokai in this episode they see a person who is half white and half black and drew the conclusion, that this is the result of a dramatic conflict in evaluation and he needs to be one of a kind.
When the second Alien, Bele appears it turns out this two men are in conflict with each other. Bele is saying that Lokai is a murderer and Lokai is saying that his people have been oppressed by Bele’s people.
Bele is send by his government to arrest Lokai. This happened 50.000 earth years ago. Now he got him and he wants to take him back to their planet; Cheron. So with mind power he takes over the ship.
Kirk and Spock do not see the reason why these two men are fighting with each other and Bele informs them their difference. Bele is black on the right side, Lokai on the left.
When they end up at Cheron they find out, all the people are dead. They have annihilated each other, totally. There is nobody alive on Cheron because of hate. The cause you fought about no longer exists. Lokai goes to the planet and Bele follows him. They cannot give up the hate each other.
Lesson: For two opposite parties the difference can be clear, a spectator does not really have to see it as a difference.
Lesson: Hate can destroy so much and still hate stay’s within you.

  •  “Far Beyond the Stars.” Start Trek: Deep Space 9, broadcasted in 1998.

In this episode Sisko is having a vision, like he has had before about Bajor. Only this time he goes back in time to earth. The time where black and white people were separated by racists ideas.
Before he gets his visions he tells his father, who is visiting, that he is tired of losing friends in battle and he maybe want to resign.
In his vision he is a writer of a SF magazine and he comes up with a story of Deep Space 9. The editor tells the story can not be published because the captain in the story is black. A colleague comes up with the idea to write it as a dream. Even that will not happen, because the owner of the magazine does not agree with the context.
In his dream Sisko keeps walking into a reverend who keeps talking about the prophets.
At the end he is back on Deep Space 9 and he remembers the whole story. The vision only took a couple of minutes.

This episode is hurting equal rights for all colours

At the end Sisko is even wondering what part is true. That he had a vision in the past, of that Bennie is dreaming about him.
The vision make him decide not to resign but continue the mission.

The pain the writer Bennie felt, when his story was not published was making me cry.
There has been a time, that racism was that clearly visible. It is said that racism is being oppressed, but I’m wondering and hoping for the times that the future of Deep Space 9 is really true. No judgement on the outside of humanoids, but acceptance of all.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology, Break out with PowerBI

In the beginning of November I saw a nice posting on Facebook. A member of the Global Power BI User Group was broadcasting a life video on how to make a dashboard in PowerBI with StarTrek data. He also provided the datasets and the PowerBI file after working into it. If you want to see them, look in the facebookgroup and look for the update.

It was nice to follow his instructions and to learn how to make Fact en Dim tables, how to make Key columns and how to make the relationships. We also did some splitting of columns.

In the second video he showed how to make a great background and how to put the visualisations made in the first video into this background.

It was great to take this break before I will start on Star Trek Inspiring Culture and Technology II

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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.

Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology I, 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