From tricorders to warp drive, Star Trek became the first series to bring us a vision of a future where humans were just as flawed as ever, but where technology and the way we used it had created a utopian society. There was no hunger, no homelessness, no rampant diseases, only long-lived humans exploring the galaxy, enjoying all the comforts one could ask for in life. Many of these technologies, dreamed up by Star Trek, are already real, while others are quickly approaching, and a few still remain elusive. From communications to starships to medical breakthroughs to civilian life, Star Trek promised us a future we can all aspire to. As we attempt to "make it so," let's take a look at the real-life science of how far we've come!
Dr. Ethan Siegel is a big fan of short biographies. He's also a fan of writing long, glorious, illustrated articles that tell what we know about the Universe and how we know it. He's been writing the blog Starts With A Bang since 2008, currently at Forbes. If you're really into astronomy, he's been writing a monthly column for NASA's The Space Place since 2013, appearing in over 200 astronomy club newsletters worldwide. His very first book, Beyond the Galaxy, is now available from World Scientific. If you ever wanted to know the entire story of what the Universe is made of, how big it is, where it came from and what it's fate is, told in plain English with no equations, you'll definitely want to get yourself a copy. When he's not writing, Ethan can be found appearing on TV and radio spots, teaching at Lewis & Clark college, working with various science museums and sharing what we know about the Universe with as many people as he can, across the world. His beard and mustache follow him wherever he goes, and he's delighted to be returning to the Rose City Astronomers.