With our first explorative adventure in Future Technology in the ‘Star Trek’ Reboots: Tethered and Performative , we examined how, through looking at future cultures and locations brimming with advanced, shining examples of gadgetry that are tethered to our own contemporary reality, one might grasp that future technology across the Star Trek reboots— Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016)—doesn’t necessarily reflect a better way of living, or a more sophisticated culture, but can be one way in which, as performative artifacts” within a fictional diegesis, they may reflect upon our own place within society and the governing ideological structure of society itself. In the future we will probably find school boards paying a yearly subscription to the textbooks of their choice, which will allow their student to have unlimited access to the books via the internet or downloaded directly to their on their laptops at a fraction of the cost of providing a physical text for every student.
NASA, for example, has also developed technology explicitly to reach its influenced future vision and is happy to move beyond it with real world applications (which is why there’s a whole section about the science of Star Trek on NASA’s official website).
Here you’re seeing this CASPER hospital robot companion where they’re actually trying to use robots to make children happier and they find that that has long term impacts in terms of their ability to help those children from a medical treatment perspective, so interesting robot companion ideas there.
However, reading on a gadget such as the Nook will pose to be more interesting thus heightening the will to do so. The availability of Wi-Fi allows the users of this technology the opportunity to access the Internet, share books with others, and listen to music.
From the vintage red 1965 Corvette Sting Ray C2, which young Kirk is seen driving at the outset of the 2009 Star Trek film, through to the contemporary BMW dirt bike Kirk inexplicably finds in an immaculately preserved condition in the USS Franklin mess hall of Beyond, the action-adventure genre roots of the franchise unabashedly show as the stitching to the seams of the future technology patchwork laid before the viewer.