In popular culture and indeed in IT there are few icons that stand the test of time. Star Trek and Spock stand out as two of those things that have enjoyed popularity throughout the changes that have taken place since the first series aired. I would suggest that if you asked any gathering of people working in IT if they were Trekkies – you would score a much higher percentage than the general population (which itself would probably have a higher rating for Star trek than similar shows).
So why was it and the iconic Spock so enduring and popular ? Was it the “space age” gadgetry or the adventure of discovery ? Why have we spent so much time trying to duplicate or emulate the technology that we saw there? Think about 3D printers – seems like a replicator to me. Think about the medical scanner – Ipad and Apple watch with sensors anyone ? Communicators and computers that talk – hold up your smartphone.
For me the characterisation of Spock as the ultimate “geek” – science and technology being a fascination as they travelled the galaxy sowed the seeds for many scientists and technicians watching Leonard Nimoy as kids. Seeing science as front and centre for society was the beginning of the IT world and in no small part was Star trek responsible.
I can only hope that we continue on the journey of exploration and invention they started.
“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”
Live Long And Prosper – Goodbye Spock